Any prequel to a major film franchise like Star Wars faces the challenge of building tension and suspense when the fate of the main character is already known. Disney apparently has enough confidence in its new prequel series, Andor, to drop a two-and-a-half-minute “special look” before the series premiere this Wednesday, reminding us all of exactly what awaits our titular hero in his canon future. Spoiler alert: he is a tragic hero.
We know that the history of Andor begins with the Empire’s destruction of Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) homeworld and will depict his transformation from a cynical “reverse to revolution” to a major player in the nascent rebellion who is willing to sacrifice himself to save the galaxy. Andor has been described as a “tense and exciting spy thriller”, with Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote rogue one, serving as showrunner. And everything we’ve seen so far seems to fit that description.
The cast also includes Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, a Republic senator who helped found the Rebel Alliance, as well as Forest Whitaker reprising her rogue one paper like clone wars Veteran Saw Gerrera. Stellan Skarsgård (as Luthen) and Adria Arjona co-star as the resistance fighters who recruit Andor to the cause. Other cast members include Kyle Soller, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Emms and David Hayman.
We got our first look at the series with a behind-the-scenes sneak peek in December 2020 during Disney Investor Day. We then saw a brief sneak peek earlier this year at Star Wars Celebration and a full trailer in August. Luna himself was on hand to unveil the final trailer at Disney’s annual D23 Expo earlier this month.
And now we have this last “special look”, most of which consists of selected scenes from rogue one other A new hopein parentheses with footage from Andor. rogue one it’s one of my favorite star wars movies, and who doesn’t love it A new hope? So I personally enjoyed taking a quick run through the events of those two previous movies (in terms of release, not timeline), including that final devastating hug between Cassian and Jyn. This latest sneak peek doesn’t have a ton of new footage, but it does effectively remind us of what’s ultimately at stake for this fledgling rebellion. And was it a lightsaber-equipped starfighter that we saw zoom by?
The first three episodes of Andor Disney+ debut on September 21, 2022.
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