Cassian Andor’s Disney+ Series Will Reportedly Dig Deep Into His Origin

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the very first Star Wars spin-off film outside of the Skywalker saga. Up until that point, feature films from the franchise only included the three trilogies. Rogue One premiered in 2016, a year after The Force Awakens. It came at a time when Star Wars hype was starting up again, and it paid off. The movie made $1 billion at the box office, and fans to this day still love the tragic tale of Jynn Erso, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and the destruction of Scarif. 

Now, Disney is creating a series based on Cassian Andor and it will stream on Disney+. Even though fans know how Cassian’s story ends, that doesn’t stop Star Wars. The series will delve into his past and his work with the Rebel Alliance. 

Diego Luna at the launch event for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' in London, England in 2016.
Diego Luna at the launch event for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ in London, England in 2016 | John Phillips/Getty Images

The new Disney+ series will look at how he got into the Rebellion 

The site Discussing Film reports that they have new information on the series. Nothing has been confirmed by Disney yet, so these are all rumors from their inside sources. They report that the series is set to start shooting in June 2020 somewhere in Europe. 

Disney announced the show in August at Disney’s D23 Expo and Variety reported in October that Tony Gilroy would come back as a writer for Cassian’s pilot. Gilroy was a co-writer on Rogue One. He’ll also direct “multiple episodes” according to Variety. Stephen Schiff, who wrote and produced The Americans, is the showrunner for this untitled Cassian Andor series.

The show is allegedly looking to cast younger versions of Cassian 

Discussing Film reported that the show is also casting a 9-year-old and 13-year-old version of Cassian. This casting insinuates that not only will the show be about his origins, it’ll also dig deep into his history. The outlet guesses that Cassian’s sister will be a big part of his tale as well, since Lucasfilm is allegedly casting for a 9-year-old sister, too. 

As CinemaBlend points out, in Rogue One Cassian shared that he “lost everything,” which spurred him to fight back against the Empire “I’ve been in this fight since I was six years old,” he said. “You’re not the only one who lost everything. Some of us just decided to do something about it.” Did his sister die when he was six? Was she captured? Did she betray Cassian? It looks like fans will find out in this upcoming Disney+ show. 

It’s also important to note that Cassian is a specific type of rebel: he’s part of the rebel’s Fulcrum initiative, which Ahsoka Tano started. “Fulcrum is actually the original Rebellion codename she used. She would recruit other operatives to be part of the Fulcrum initiative, and they all went under that name later on. Cassian Andor was one of them, so his story could bring in the first live-action appearance of Tano, the legendary former Jedi.

Droid K-2SO will return, and others could follow

A cool thing to note, too, is that Alan Tudyk will also be back as K-2SO, an Imperial security droid the Rebellion turned to their side. He gave a lot of attitude but always spoke the truth. This show will no doubt show audiences how they became such good partners and maybe even how the rebels extracted K-2SO in the first place.

There isn’t any word that other familiar characters from Rogue One will return. Since the marketing around it is based on Cassian and his story, we won’t see any of Felicity Jones’ Jynn Erso, who was the lead in Rogue One since they wouldn’t have met yet. Her moving performance as the hardened-troublemaker-turned-rebel could make a return someday, though, if Jones has anything to say about it. “I would love to [return],” Jones told Business Insider on Dec. 6. “She’s a tremendous character to play. I adored making the film. Maybe she can be reincarnated.”

There’s still a lot that the public doesn’t know about this series, and only time will tell what it can be. In the meantime, The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda might be able to hold you over.