Andor: 5 things to know before the Star Wars series

Series Andor is streaming on Disney+. It is directly linked to RogueOnethe first spin-off film produced by Disney after the acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars license.

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It is on September 21 that the series Andor debuts on Disney+, with three episodes airing on D-Day. House of the Dragon (HBO) and The Rings of Power (Amazon Prime Video). Two seasons are planned in total.

Andor is the third Star Wars to be released in 2022, after The Boba Fett Book (the first episode was released on December 29) and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Only two films are to be seen to know the stakes of this series. We also have a summary to know the essentials on Andor.

Andor precedes RogueOne

The two seasons planned for Andor will take place just before the events depicted in RogueOnewhich itself ends just before Episode IV of Star Wars : A new hope. More precisely, Andor should start about five years before RogueOne and the episodes (we expect twenty in all) will make the junction with the film.

In fact, it must also be understood that certain narrative and dramatic issues will be partially neutralized. The hero of the series will find himself in perilous situations, we know that he will not be able to die, because his life continues later in the chronology Star Wars. Ditto for other characters who will return later in the saga.

Cassian Andor, in the series preceding Rogue One. // Source: Disney+

The Rebel Alliance does not yet exist

From the moment the Galactic Empire seizes power over the Old Republic, a certain form of resistance to the nascent dictatorship appears, on various levels. But, at the time ofAndor, everything is still very much in its infancy. The structure that would later be known as the Rebel Alliance, in RogueOne and the original trilogy, is yet to be built.

It is expected that the series will show the birth of this resistance, in the Imperial Senate, among the population and even in the army and among certain executives of the Empire. The role of Mon Mothma, senator of Chandrila, who started her career at the time of the twilight of the Old Republic, will play a leading role in the struggle.

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The Rebel Alliance in A new hope. The resistance is very unstructured at the time ofAndor. // Source: Lucasfilm

Mon Mothma, a secondary character who is now of age

If Cassian Andor is the protagonist of the series (it bears his name, after all), another character will have a leading role: Mon Mothma. What should be noted is that this character was completely secondary to begin with: she is a female leader of the Rebel Alliance who appears in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedireleased in 1983.

Played at the time by Caroline Blakiston, this leader was only there to deliver a few lines, during a briefing before the assault on the Death Star. But the character liked it, and it was decided to bring him back for episode III (Revenge of the Sith) in 2005 then for RogueOne in 2016, this time in the guise of actress Genevieve O’Reilly. She comes back for Andor.

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Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly, when she was a senator. // Source: Lucasfilm

Don’t rely on Jedi Knights

Andor happens years later Revenge of the Sith, which shows Order 66, a secret instruction given to the entire clone army: shoot on sight whenever you see a Jedi. This is how the Jedi Order was wiped out. We know that Jedi survived, but they were hunted down by the Inquisition. Again, several of them were killed on this occasion.

The synopsis given by Lucasfilm and Disney suggests that no Jedi will be presented on the screen: the series is intended to be a ” spy thriller ” who ” explore stories filled with espionage and daring missions “. We will therefore not see Obi-Wan Kenobi or Ahsoka Tano. Perhaps winks will take place, like Quinlan Vos. Cal Kestis maybe?

There isn’t much left of the Jedi at this point. // Source: Lucasfilm

Which characters are returning?

Series Andor will bring back Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna), but also Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). You will surely recognize Stellan Skarsgård, who has recently caused a stir in the series Chernobyl. It’s his first time in Star Wars : he plays a certain Luther Rael.

But for reasons of script consistency, all the characters encountered in RogueOne by Cassian will be absent. No Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) or K-2SO (Alan Tudyk). Also forget the commando set up to storm the secret base on the planet Scarif. However, we could come across characters like Bail Organa, Orson Krennic or the big moff Tarkin.

And, why not, Darth Vader.

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Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series // Source: Disney +

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