The Star Wars franchise continues to expand! Although it’s been three years since we watched the last Star Wars movie, one of the most popular media franchises ever is now focusing on its small-screen content. Earlier this year, we watched the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, which followed two well-known characters in their own adventures.
Now, next September, we will follow the journey of Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, who we first met in 2016’s anthology movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards. Tony Gilroy, co-writer of the movie, serves as the creator of this prequel series, and Disney recently revealed an official trailer which will try to explain in a few paragraphs down below.
Watch the official trailer for Andow down below:
The Reign of Empire
The trailer starts strong. It’s been previously announced that the series will take place after the events of Revenge of the Sith and before the events of Rogue One (which takes place shortly before A New Hope). The series will follow the titular character as he’s joining the Rebellion against the Empire, and the trailer isn’t holding back in trying to show us that the Empire is spreading its terror across the galaxy.
Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen
The veteran Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, who is known for the roles of Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Boris Shcherbina in the HBO series Chernobyl, and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, now joins the Star Wars franchise as Luthen. We don’t know much about the character, but the trailer gave us a good look at him, and it seems he will have a huge role in recruiting Andor into the Rebel Alliance.
Forest Whitaker returns as Saw Gerrera
Saw Gerrera is the veteran of Clone Wars. The character was first introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, voiced by Andrew Kishino. Forest Whitaker made his debut as the character in Rogue One, in which the character was killed off, but Whitaker still reprised the role in the animated series Star Wars Rebels and the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Now, we will watch Whitaker as the live-action Saw Gerrera again. In his brief appearance in the trailer, we can see him and Skarsgård’s Luthen talking about going to war against the Empire.
Denise Gough as the Imperial Officer, and Adria Arjona as…?
Irish actress Denise Gough will play one of the series villains, one of the Imperial Officers, and Adria Arjona joined the series as an unknown character about who we don’t know much, but the trailer is promising that both of them will have big supporting roles in the series. The trailer showed us that Gough plays a cold and ruthless Imperial Officer who is usually accompanied by the Imperial Stormtroopers. Arjona’s character will presumably have a huge role in the Rebellion, considering the trailer showed us a scene where she will be arrested by the Empire. Who’s willing to bet that Andor will need to save her?
Genevieve O’Reilly returns as Mon Mothma
Mon Mothma is one of the Star Wars characters who’s been a part of the franchise since the very beginning, although never as a part of the main characters. Caroline Blakiston played the character in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and Genevieve O’Reilly made her debut as the character in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. O’Reilly reprised the role in Rogue One, and now she will return to a bigger role in Andor. The trailer is showing us that Mon Mothma serves as the Imperial Senator who is secretly helping Rebellion.
What’s next for Cassian Andor?
We have already written about Diego Luna, who joined the Star Wars franchise in Rogue One. In that movie, Andor was one of the most notable members of the Rebellion, but he surely isn’t enjoying that status in the series. Considering that the series will focus both on him and the start of the rebellion, we can be sure he will have a huge role in the birth of the Rebel Alliance. It might not be a bad idea to re-watch Rogue One before the premiere of this prequel/spin-off series. In the trailer, Cassian said: “To steal from the Empire, you just walk in like you belong”, which means that Cassian is ready for the revolution that’s coming, and he’s “tired of losing!”
The Disney+ series Andor is set to premiere with the first three episodes on September 21! The first season will run for 12 episodes, and the series has already been renewed for the 12-episode second season, which will conclude the series and lead into the events of Rogue One.