New Star Wars show Andor will change how you see Rogue One

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New Star Wars show Andor will change how you see Rogue One

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The star of new Star Wars series Andor reckons once you've watched the show it'll change the way you see Rogue One.

2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story told the tale of how the Rebel Alliance managed to steal the Death Star plans and ultimately pave the way for the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, plus there was a scene where Darth Vader butchers a hallway full of rebels just for fun.

One of the film's intrepid protagonists was Diego Luna's Cassian Andor, an altogether different type of hero than Star Wars fans were used to.

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In his first scene of Rogue One, Andor kills an informant to avoid getting caught by Stormtroopers, a move it's hard to imagine even a scoundrel like Han Solo making.

It was one hell of an introduction to the character and a clear signal that Cassian was willing to do some very unscrupulous things to serve the Rebel Alliance.

For fans wondering how someone in the Star Wars universe gets like this, Luna has said they need look no further than upcoming Disney+ show Andor.

On the surface his introduction in Andor is somewhat similar to our first look at him in Rogue One with Cassian dealing out death in a dark and dingy corner of the galaxy.

However, whereas Rogue One's Cassian was a tough rebel agent, the man we meet at the start of Andor is altogether different, he is just one man among many trying to survive in a galaxy under the Empire's boot.

Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor in a new Star Wars series. Credit: Disney+
Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor in a new Star Wars series. Credit: Disney+

Luna has promised that the show will tell us the tale of the man and the movement he joins, as well as give us a whole new perspective on Cassian Andor as he appears in Rogue One.

If Rogue One told us how the Cassian helped the rebels get the Death Star plans, Andor is going to tell us how and why he joined them in the first place.

Speaking to UNILAD, Luna explained that what we'll see in Andor is going to change the way we see Cassian and Rogue One.

He said: "I think you're going to be able to see Rogue One after you see Andor and find out that it has become a different film, you'll understand other stuff.

"I think it'll be fascinating to hear people's opinion after we finished the second chunk of the story to see what you think about Rogue One.

"What I can tell you is that it's quite fascinating to find out the specifics of this man."

Andor will also tell the tale of how the Rebel Alliance under the leadership of Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) became a movement which toppled the Empire. Credit: Disney+
Andor will also tell the tale of how the Rebel Alliance under the leadership of Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) became a movement which toppled the Empire. Credit: Disney+

It sounds like fans will have to watch the whole thing to get the full picture of Cassian's character and the impact it will have on a possible re-watch of Rogue One.

Of course there are some things fans will be expecting to find out and Luna acknowledged there were 'so many things we have to answer' when it came to digging down into who his character was and how he came to be.

Luna said once fans have seen Andor they'll understand why Cassian becomes one of the rebellion's trusted agents and eventually comes to help Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) steal the Death Star plans.

Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor, future hero of the Rebel Alliance. Credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo
Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor, future hero of the Rebel Alliance. Credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo

The show will also show us how the Rebel Alliance grew into a movement which eventually toppled the Empire, with Luna describing it as 'the story of a beginning of a revolution'.

While Andor will be delving into the darker corners of the sci-fi universe with its titular protagonist, it will also take fans into the shining halls of power and show an Empire starting to lose its grip on the galaxy.

Also featuring heavily in the show is Genevieve O'Reilly's Mon Mothma, the Chandrilan senator who eventually becomes leader of the rebellion.

Luna has said the show is an 'ensemble piece' that is 'quite rich in terms of characters we'll meet', so while the Andor name is on the show there will be other stories told throughout the series.

Cassian Andor first appeared in Rogue One, and Diego Luna says watching Andor will change the way you see that movie. Credit: Photo 12 / Alamy Stock Photo
Cassian Andor first appeared in Rogue One, and Diego Luna says watching Andor will change the way you see that movie. Credit: Photo 12 / Alamy Stock Photo

According to Andor creator Tony Gilroy, the first 12 episodes of the show are intended to cover one year of time in the Star Wars universe.

Meanwhile, the second season is meant to pick up the pace and put out another dozen episodes spanning four years of the timeline and bringing Cassian's story up to Rogue One.

Luna is really excited for Star Wars fans to watch the whole thing, describing the show as 'a labour of love' which everyone involved 'adored' making.

The actor also praised the down to earth (if such a thing exists in Star Wars) tone of Andor, saying the show gives audiences 'a very realistic way to the life that we would have in that galaxy far, far away'.

The first three episodes of Andor release on Disney Plus on 21 September, with weekly episode releases to follow on the streaming service.

Topics: Film & TV, Disney Plus, Film and TV, Star Wars, Entertainment, Disney

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