It was around this time two years ago that Disney and Lucasfilm announced a live-action TV series starring Cassian Andor was in development. The main focus on the Star Wars front for Disney+ was The Mandalorian, which debuted last November to mass acclaim. But, there has been little official word on the status of Cassian's spy thriller...
Until now. Diego Luna recently confirmed that he was in London for the production of the upcoming series, which had previously been stalled due to COVID-19. The show has long been rumored to feature several familiar faces from Rogue One and the Original Trilogy, and the return of Mon Mothma has already been confirmed.
Following multiple waves of rewrites and changes at the creative level, the Cassian series' production is full steam ahead, and it now has a name...
During the Disney Investor's Day event, Lucasfilm announced that the Cassian Andor series will be titled Star Wars: Andor. Additionally, it was shared that principal photography began in London two weeks ago, and the series is set to debut on Disney+ in 2022.
Stellan Skarsgård teased that 'Andor'will have "much more atmosphere" and "a little more mature" similar to 'Rogue One.'
'Andor' was confirmed to be filming in London's Canary Wharf station, the same location that was used as an Imperial base in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.'
'Andor' was confirmed to feature the impact of the Empire in small galactic villages.
WHAT THIS MEANS
We haven't heard much about this series, but from the looks of things it's shaping up to be something really neat. Andor will mark the first time a spy thriller has been done in the Star Wars universe, and this style of storytelling is perfect for the darker era of the Rebellion that we'll be seeing.
A question that persists is how long the series will be. It's mentioned in the sizzle reel that there will be 12 episodes, but whether this will be the only season of the show remains to be seen. The official web release by Lucasfilm doesn't indicate that Andor will have a limited run, so the season set to drop in 2022 could just be the beginning of the fun.
Rogue One is largely regarded as the best of the new Disney era Star Wars films, and the duo of Cassian and K-2SO was a fun dynamic. It will be interesting to see the early days of Cassian's time as a Fulcrum, and what exactly he's investigating as a spy. Cassian's done some "terrible things on the behalf of the Rebellion," and Andor might give us an even closer look at what the hero did in his formative years.