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

“Andor” is about the rise of a rebellion – and a revolutionary.

The latest installment in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, now available on Disney+, is a prequel series to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) centered on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor. Created by Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of Rogue One best known for his work on the Bourne films, Andor is a spy thriller that will explore how its titular character came to be associated with the Rebel Alliance too busy.

Like Rogue One, Andor was touted as an in-depth exploration of the Empire’s impact on people and their daily lives. While an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars lore isn’t required to understand the series, here’s a brief overview of Andor’s backstory.

Who is Andor?

Cassian Andor is introduced as an intelligence officer for the Rebel Alliance in Rogue One, a direct prequel to the original Star Wars film. He is sometimes entrusted with morally suspect missions, ranging from gathering intel to eliminating Imperial enemies. Andor mentions that he has been fighting the Empire since he was 6 after losing everything.

Andor dies at the end of the film along with his team after embarking on a rogue mission to steal the Death Star blueprints to give the Rebellion a chance to destroy the planet-killing weapon. Yes, this Death Star plans.

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Andor is the origin story of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna).

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What is “Andor”?

The Disney+ series begins five years before the events of Rogue One and is Andor’s origin story. The series not only follows Andor’s journey to becoming a Rebel spy willing to die for the cause, but also shows how the united Rebel Alliance came into being.

“Andor” will consist of two seasons with 12 episodes. The series spans five years and concludes shortly before the events of Rogue One.

Related to broader Star Wars events, Andor Season 1 takes place in the year 5 BBY – before the Battle of Yavin, also known as the destruction of the first Death Star. (Dates after the Battle of Yavin are labeled ABY.) For context, this is five years before Princess Leia sends her SOS to Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope (1977) and 14 years after Chancellor Palpatine sent the He declared himself Emperor and gave orders to exterminate all Jedi in Revenge of the Sith (2005). This places Season 1 approximately four years after the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi and 14 years before the events of The Mandalorian. For those familiar with the Star Wars animated shows, Andor spans the same time period as Star Wars Rebels.

Will there be more well-known “Star Wars” faces?

Of course. Genevieve O’Reilly will reprise her Rogue One role as Mon Mothma on the series.

Mothma, a character invented by Caroline Blakiston in Return of the Jedi (1983), is a leader and founding member of the Rebel Alliance. O’Reilly was first cast to play a younger version of the character in Revenge of the Sith (2005), although key scenes – establishing the Senator as an ally of Padmé Amidala and Bale Organa to align with the methods of Chancellor Palpatine during the Galactic Republic days – landed on the cutting room floor.

Forest Whitaker will also be back as Saw Gerrera, a revolutionary who was part of the Rebel Alliance for a time but broke from his own extremist cell following the events of Rogue One.

But most of the “Andor” cast – including Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw and Faye Marsay – are portraying new “Star Wars” characters.

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Leader of the rebel alliance Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) in “Andor”.

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What about Jedi?

It seems unlikely, especially during this first season, as both Gilroy and Luna have emphasized in various interviews that what sets Andor apart from other Star Wars titles is its focus on ordinary people living under Imperial rule live and what pushes them to fight their backs. Also, the series is set in a time when all surviving Jedi are in hiding, being hunted by the Empire.

This does not mean that it is a Force-sensitive individual could not appear. Star Wars Rebels fans know of at least a few Jedi/Jedi Apprentices working with the Rebellion during the years that Andor is set.

… and Baby Yoda?

Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, is far, far away somewhere in the galaxy during this time, but don’t hold your breath for an “Andor” cameo.

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