It’s been a minute since 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” however Disney+ is revisiting the movie with “Andor,” its new collection about Rebel spy Cassian Andor. Yes, Diego Luna is again within the fan-favorite function, portraying the character in what Disney payments as a spy thriller set 5 years earlier than the occasions of “Rogue One.” Season one of many new present premiered Sept. 21 with three episodes, following Cassian’s journey into the Rebel chief viewers met in “Rogue One.” And in these episodes, followers discovered rather a lot about Cassian’s backstory. Here’s a primer on Cassian Andor — all the things we already knew, plus all the most important data we have discovered in “Andor” thus far.
Who Is Cassian Andor?
The Star Wars website describes Cassian this manner: “An completed Alliance Intelligence officer with fight subject expertise, Captain Cassian Andor instructions respect from his Rebel troops along with his means to maintain a cool head underneath hearth and full his missions with minimal assets.” According to the Star Wars Encyclopedia, he was born on the planet Fest and joined an insurrectionist cell throughout the Clone Wars and fought as a baby soldier. His father was killed at a protest, and his mom additionally died when he was younger. Not a lot else is understood about his life earlier than he joined the Rebellion.
In the primary three episodes of “Andor,” nonetheless, viewers be taught this is not the total fact. Cassian being from Fest is a canopy story made up by him and Maarva (Fiona Shaw). Cassian is definitely from the plant Kenari, the place the folks do not communicate Basic (what the Star Wars universe calls English). He lived there along with his sister and a gaggle of different youngsters. One day, they got here throughout a mysterious Republic ship that crash-landed there, with lifeless officers. Cassian ventured into the ship to discover it, the place he was discovered by Maarva. Maarva is satisfied the Republic will kill them in retaliation, so she takes Cassian together with her to avoid wasting him. All this goes down close to the tip of the Clone Wars. At the start of the collection, Cassian is in search of a woman from Kenari and says it is his sister.
During the present, Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) does point out that Cassian’s father was hung by Imperials. Presumably, that was his adopted father.
What Happened to Kenari?
In one other scene, the investigators from Pre-Mor who’re in search of Andor say that the Empire information confirmed Kenari was destroyed in a “mining catastrophe.” In Star Wars canon, “mining catastrophe” is commonly used as code phrase for one thing horrible that occurred there. Viewers must wait and see what the present reveals concerning the doomed planet.
Cassian Andor in “Rogue One”
“Rogue One,” launched in 2016, is a prequel to 1977’s “A New Hope,” the very first Star Wars film. In “Rogue One,” Cassian is an intelligence officer who’s labored with the Rebels since he was 6 years outdated. In the movie, he is tasked with watching over the renegade Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and assassinating her father, Galen, the engineer behind the Death Star. Cassian in the end chooses to not kill Galen, although the scientist dies throughout a bombing anyway. The Rebel captain and Jyn find yourself taking an imperial ship — dubbed Rogue One — to raid the Death Star’s databank. They receive the schematics for the Death Star and ship the info again to the Rebels. Despite the win, the film’s ending is pretty bleak: a blast from Grand Moff Tarkin kills the pair and lots of the Rebel forces supporting them. Ultimately, nonetheless, the schematics find yourself with Princess Leia, offering, properly, a brand new hope for the Rebels.
Cassian Andor in “Andor”
Back in May, Luna stated on the Star Wars Celebration that the model of Cassian followers will meet in “Andor” is a “very egocentric man.” The present will take Cassian on a journey from a daily particular person, apprehensive about himself, right into a Rebel chief who helps unite and encourage the rise up. The first season of “Andor” will cowl one 12 months, with the second season overlaying the remaining 4 years till the start of “Rogue One.” What will occur throughout that point interval, we do not totally but know.
One factor we find out about “Andor”? Cassian will make it by way of each seasons. “The fantastic thing about this present is there is not any method they’re going to kill me,” Luna joked again in May.
— Additional reporting by Victoria Edel