Disney and Lucasfilm have been making the most of the Star Wars franchise by bringing new stories to Disney+. While The Mandalorian writers are currently working on Season 3, the folks over at Lucasfilm are also busy developing the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series about Cassian Andor. Diego Luna is set to reprise his role as the Rebel spy. Though other Disney+ productions have halted for the time being, the Cassian Andor series seems to be moving along quite nicely behind the scenes. It's been confirmed that the Disney+ show will bring back a host of memorable Rogue One characters alongside new faces.
The still-untitled project was announced in late 2018, with the series being written by The Americans' scribes Stephen Schiff and Rogue One co-writer Tony Gilroy, who will also serve as showrunner and director, though how many episodes he's set to direct remains unclear. Joining the writing staff is Gilroy's brother, Nightcrawler's Dan Gilroy and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon.
There have been plenty of updates about the Cassian Andor series lately, so we've compiled everything we know so far about the Disney+ show’s release date, cast, plot, and more.
When is the Cassian Andor series release date?
There’s currently no scheduled release date for the series. The untitled project was supposed to begin production in London this year, but it’s unclear how the series will move forward now with all the coronavirus-related shutdowns. Longtime Star Wars special effects artist Neal Scanlan did tell FanSided that some work had begun prior to the shutdown:
“We eventually worked four or so weeks into it before, unfortunately, we were being like everywhere right now in response to the crisis; we had to lockdown for a while.”
That’s some good news right there, but it’s best to expect the series to be pushed back regardless. With all that in mind, it's possible the series might make it to Disney+ by mid to late 2021.
What is the plot of the Disney+ series?
There isn’t much to know about the plot right now. However, per Techradar, the show is set five years prior to Rogue One, which followed a ragtag crew on a mission to steal the Death Star plans, ultimately leading right up to the beginning of A New Hope. That's plenty of time for Cassian to have his own solo adventures before he's unfortunately killed off at the end of Rogue One.
Considering the show is set before Rogue One, it's likely to follow the rebel spy at the height of the Galactic Empire’s rule. The Disney+ series has been described as a spy thriller with a lot of espionage-related missions, so we might be getting an adventure-of-the-week series similar to the midsection of The Mandalorian's first season.
Who's in the cast of the Cassian Andor series?
Obviously, Diego Luna is back. When the series was announced, Luna expressed his excitement at returning to the Star Wars universe as Cassian.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” he said. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
Alan Tudyk will reprise his role as K-2SO, the reprogrammed Imperial droid who serves as Cassian’s loyal sidekick. In a fun turn of events, Genevieve O'Reilly will return to her role as Rebellion leader Mon Mothma, a role she originated in Revenge of the Sith. In addition to these Rogue One cast members returning, Denise Gough will join the Disney+ series as a new character and, per Variety, Stellan Skarsgård and Kyle Soller will round out the supporting cast in undisclosed roles.
No one else has been confirmed to appear, but Scanlan suggested (via MovieWeb) that the Disney+ series might include already created, but unused, characters from prior Star Wars projects:
“We also have this backlog of characters. A lot of the characters that we built for all of the films either didn't make it to the final cut, because that's just the way that the film process happens, or that they are seen so momentarily that there is this wonderful second opportunity to bring back some of the characters that we've made and bring them to this new storyline in a more, shall we say, integrated way.”
Make of that what you will.
Is there a trailer for the Star Wars series?
No, there’s currently no trailer for the Cassian Andor series. Stay tuned.
What can you watch while waiting for the series?
Watching (or rewatching) Rogue One would be a great refresher on everything that happened to Cassian before delving into his history in the Disney+ series. The Mandalorian is also a fun watch. While the Star Wars series covers the era following Return of the Jedi, there's a chance that The Mandalorian will likely connect right back to the Cassian Andor series.
The Cassian Andor series does not yet have a scheduled release date.