Tony Gilroy Reveals Time Period ‘Andor’ Covers, It Will Make Fans See ‘Rogue One’ in Different Light

Tony Gilroy and Diego Luna have shared some more details about Andor during the press tour for TCA 2022, revealing that Cassian has a shocking backstory and that the show is about regular people in the galaxy far, far away, which is different from other Star Wars series that have come before.


UPDATE: Tony Gilroy mentioned that Andor will begin filming its second season in November, so we can expect season 2 to arrive late in 2023.


We are covering one year in our first 12 episodes that we’ve completed, in fact, we’re finishing our final mix on [Episode] 12 tomorrow. We are going to do another 12 episodes starting in November and the organizing principle for shooting is that we do blocks of three, so last year we were looking at the difficulty of doing five years, which seemed like it would take us the next 30 years.


Additionally, two new stills from the show have been released featuring Cassian and Mon Mothma, which are shown below.


Cassian Andor in a shootout


Mon Mothma on Coruscant


One of the biggest details was the period of time Andor will cover. Gilroy revealed that season 1 will cover a single year in Cassian’s life, while season 2 will jump between events over the course of four years. Each year will be told in three-episode arcs, each helmed by a different director. As we’ve previously heard, the series is currently planned to end after the second season.



Luna said he was “shocked” when Gilroy told him about Cassian’s history. We learned in Rogue One that Cassian had done some bad things in the name of the Rebellion, but it sounds like we’re going to see some pretty nasty stuff.





It was mentioned a few times that Andor is about regular people in the Star Wars galaxy; we’ll presumably learn how these regular people deal with an expanding Empire and how that leads them to revolution.





Diego Luna added that it felt unfair to call the show Andor, as it’s very much an ensemble cast.



Those who have been looking for a darker and morally gray Star Wars story will pleased to hear Diego talking about the series acknowledging the gray areas in a story of rebellion. Fans of Rogue One will be similarly be pleased to hear that Andor will be visceral and gritty story, just like the film Cassian debuted in.



Two Tubes and Saw Gerrera's Partisans in Andor


Indeed, it seems the events of Andor will make us see Cassian in a new light. Gilroy says that once the show is over, our introduction to Cassian in Rogue One will feel even sadder when we see him callously kill the rebel informant.





Denise Gough's Dedra Meero in Andor


It’s been reported before that Andor is a spy show, and Gilroy talks about how the ISB factor into that element of the series. It seems Denise Gough’s Dedra Meero will be our POV into that part of the Empire.



Gilroy also addressed K2-SO’s absence in Andor. While he teased that the droid will pop up eventually, he says that the character isn’t at a point where he even knows how to reprogram an Imperial droid, much less even think to do it.




K2-SO in Rogue One


It does sound like K2-SO’s eventual debut in Andor – likely during season 2 – is in danger of contradicting the comic that first told the story of how Cassian and K2 first met. Gilroy seems to have been in contact with the Lucasfilm Story Group, but isn’t making any promises that his story will remain true to the comic.



We wrote recently that Andor will be the first Star Wars series not to use The Volume LED stage, which did raise questions as to why that is. Gilroy stated that he is not opposed to using The Volume, but he felt that the story they were telling lended itself to shooting in real-life locations.



Finally, it seems the cast and crew will be filming season 2 pretty soon, so we might not have to wait too long for it to arrive!



The first three episodes of Andor arrive on Disney+ on September 21, 2022.

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Josh is a huge Star Wars fan, who has spent far too much time wondering if any Star Wars character could defeat Thanos with all the Infinity Stones.