Disney+ delays Star Wars series debut
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Star Wars fans will have to wait a few extra weeks to see the franchise’s latest Disney+ series, Andor. After announcing it earlier Andor was set to debut with a two-episode premiere on the streaming service on August 31st, Disney+ revealed today (along with a new trailer) that it will instead release Andor’s first three episodes on September 21st. New episodes of the 12-part first season will then debut weekly on Wednesdays. Andor spins out of the first Star Wars stand-alone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Storywhich revealed how the Rebel Alliance came to possess the Death Star schematics, allowing them to destroy the weapon in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Andor focuses on Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna as his reprise Rogue One role. The series spans several eras of Cassian’s life, from his first steps into the rebellion against the Galactic Empire to his time as a spy among the Imperial Order. Speaking to ComicBook.com at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, Luna said that the person Andor is in this series will emphasize how far he’s come when Rogue One takes place.
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“All I can say is you’re going to see where he was five years before Rogue Oneand you will not believe Rogue One was possible,” Luna said at the event. “That’s the idea, to see a transformation and an awakening. I can’t tell you how it will be represented, you’ll have to wait until August 31st. But it’s about that, and it’s about how much we’re all capable of changing and transforming, and that’s the beauty of storytelling. Not many times you start to feel the end, here you know what happens. It’s not about, like, “Oh, this happened!” No, no, it’s how it happened that matters. It’s about the little details and what’s between the lines and every layer of the character. Even though we’re on a very epic kind of show and a huge spy adventure show, we’re going to have time for intimacy. You get to go deep into the character and the people around him. It’s going to be interesting, I think, and it’s going to be dark and funny and different than what you see out there now.”
Rogue One co-author Tony Gilroy is Andorits creator and showrunner. Luna leads the cast as Andor and is joined by Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and Fiona Shaw. Kathleen Kennedy, Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Luna and Michelle Rejwan are executive producers.