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Andor: Release Date, Footage, and Everything to Know About the Disney+ Rogue One Series

Filming for a second season will begin in November 2022

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Megan Vick

Disney+'s Rogue One spin-off series Andor is just a few short months away from premiering. Fans have long been waiting for the arrival of this show that was first announced in 2018 and began production in December 2020. In the upcoming series, Diego Luna reprises his Rogue One role as Cassion Andor — a rebel spy helping the Rebellion take down the Empire. 

As we approach the premiere date, Lucasfilm is finally beginning to share more about what to expect from the series. It features over 200 named characters and we can't wait to meet them later this year. Here's everything to know about Disney+'s Star Wars show.

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Premiere date: At the Star Wars Celebration in May 2022, Lucasfilm announced that the first two episodes of Andor will premiere on August 31, 2022. The season will have 12 episodes in total.

Time period: The series is set five years before the events of Rogue One, which set up the destruction of the Death Star in the original Star Wars trilogy. It will follow Cassian's adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion before Luke (Mark Hamill) ever swung a lightsaber.

Latest news: Lucasfilm also confirmed that there will be a Season 2 of Andor. Filming for the second installment is set to begin in November, and the 12 episodes of the next season will cover the events leading up directly to the start of Rogue One.

Additional cast members: It was announced in April that Alan Tudyk would also reprise his role as K-2SO, the former Imperial droid reprogrammed for the rebellion. Also in April, Variety broke the news that Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller were also joining the cast — but as with most everything Star Wars, specifics about their roles are still being kept under wraps. In August 2020, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Adria Arjona is joining the cast, though details about her character are also being kept close to the vest. 

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the above castings during Disney's Investor Day in December 2020 and announced that Fiona Shaw and Denise Gough will join the cast with Genevieve O'Reilly playing Mon Mothma.

Behind-the-Scenes Footage: Kennedy also premiered a behind-the-scenes featurette showcasing all of the hard work going into the series to bring the Rebellion back to life once again. 

Writers: Stephen Schiff (The Americans) will serve as showrunner on the series with Rogue Oneco-writer Tony Gilroy on board to write the pilot, according to Variety.

Director: According to Deadline, Toby Haynes will direct the first three episodes of the spin-off, taking over for Tony Gilroy, who could not make the trip to the United Kingdom for filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 (TV Guide attended Star Wars Celebration courtesy of Disney.)