‘Andor’ defined, from BBY to ‘Star Wars’ connections

“Andor” is concerning the rise of a rebel — and a revolutionary.

The newest installment within the ever-expanding “Star Wars” universe, out now on Disney+, is a prequel sequence to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016) centered on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor. Created by Tony Gilroy, the “Rogue One” screenwriter identified for his work on the “Bourne” movies, “Andor” is a spy thriller that can present how its titular hero got here to be concerned with the Insurgent Alliance.

Like “Rogue One,” “Andor” has been touted as a grounded exploration of how individuals and their on a regular basis lives are impacted by the Empire. Whereas encyclopedic information of “Star Wars” lore just isn’t mandatory to know the sequence, here’s a temporary rundown of “Andor’s” backstory.

Who’s Andor?

Cassian Andor is launched in “Rogue One,” a direct prequel to the unique “Star Wars” movie, as an intelligence officer of the Insurgent Alliance. He’s entrusted with missions, typically morally suspect, starting from gathering data to eliminating Imperial foes. Andor mentions having been within the struggle towards the Empire since he was 6 years previous, after having misplaced the whole lot.

Andor dies on the finish of the movie, alongside along with his crew, after occurring a rogue mission to steal the structural plans for the Loss of life Star to present the Rebel an opportunity at destroying the planet-killing weapon. Sure, these Loss of life Star plans.

“Andor” is Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) origin story.

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What’s “Andor”?

Starting 5 years earlier than the occasions of “Rogue One,” the Disney+ sequence is Andor’s origin story. Along with following Andor’s journey to turning into a Rebel spy prepared to die for the trigger, the sequence will present how the unified Insurgent Alliance got here to be.

“Andor” will encompass two 12-episode seasons. The sequence will span 5 years, concluding simply earlier than the occasions of “Rogue One.”

Within the context of broader “Star Wars” occasions, the primary season of “Andor” is about in 5 BBY — Earlier than the Battle of Yavin, a.okay.a. the destruction of the primary Loss of life Star. (Dates after the Battle of Yavin are labeled ABY.) For context, that is 5 years earlier than Princess Leia sends her S.O.S. to Obi-Wan Kenobi in “A New Hope” (1977) and 14 years after Chancellor Palpatine ends the Clone Wars by declaring himself emperor and issuing the order to exterminate all Jedi in “Revenge of the Sith” (2005). This locations Season 1 round 4 years after the occasions of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and 14 years earlier than the occasions of “The Mandalorian.” For these acquainted with the animated “Star Wars” exhibits, “Andor” spans the identical time interval as “Star Wars Rebels.”

Will there be different acquainted “Star Wars” faces?

After all. Genevieve O’Reilly will reprise her “Rogue One” function as Mon Mothma within the sequence.

A personality originated by Caroline Blakiston in “Return of the Jedi” (1983), Mothma is a pacesetter and founding member of the Insurgent Alliance. O’Reilly was first forged to play a youthful model of the character in “Revenge of the Sith” (2005), although key scenes — establishing the senator as allied to these like Padmé Amidala and Bale Organa in opposing Chancellor Palpatine’s strategies through the waning days of the Galactic Republic — landed on the chopping room ground.

Forest Whitaker additionally shall be again as Noticed Gerrera, a revolutionary who for a time is affiliated with the Insurgent Alliance however has damaged away along with his personal extremist cell by the occasions of “Rogue One.”

However many of the “Andor” forged — which incorporates Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw and Faye Marsay — are portraying new “Star Wars” characters.

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Insurgent Alliance chief Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) in “Andor.”

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What about Jedi?

It appears unlikely, particularly throughout this primary season, as each Gilroy and Luna have emphasised in varied interviews that what units “Andor” other than different “Star Wars” titles is its deal with strange individuals residing underneath Imperial rule and what pushes them to struggle again. Additionally, the sequence is about throughout a time when any surviving Jedi are in hiding as a result of they’ve been hunted by the Empire.

That doesn’t imply a Pressure-sensitive particular person couldn’t present up. Followers of “Star Wars Rebels” know at the least a few Jedi/Jedi trainees who’re working with the Rebel through the years “Andor” takes place.

… and Child Yoda?

Grogu, often known as Child Yoda, is round someplace within the galaxy far, far-off throughout this time interval, however don’t maintain your breath for an “Andor” cameo.