Disney+ has released a new TV spot for the Rogue One prequel Star Wars series Andor. The promo features some new footage that highlights the early origins of the Rebellion, as more people are starting to see that there’s seriously wrong with the Empire.
The series stars Diego Luna as Cassian Andor and the story is set five years before the Rogue One, and it tracks how and why Cassian joined the rebellion as the Empire expands its reach across the galaxy. The series is defined as a “refugee story” that sees people trying to escape from a fully powered Empire. Luna previously shared, “It’s the journey of a migrant. That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong. That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and what you are willing to do.”
Forest Whitaker is reprising his role from Rogue One as Clone Wars veteran and radical insurgent Saw Gerrera, and O’Reilly is returning as Mon Mothma, one of the founders of the Rebel Alliance.
Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote the Rogue One screenplay and was the uncredited director on reshoots for the film, created the 12-episode series, and he has described it as “a narrative that reaches across a vast ensemble,” which includes Stellan Skarsgard (Thor), Adria Arjona (Morbius), Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), Denise Gough (Under the Banner of Heaven) and Kyle Soller (Poldark). Then there’s Forest Whitaker who will reprise his role as Saw Gerrera, Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, and Ben Mendelsohn, who will reportedly be back as Imperial Director Orson Krennic.
Part one of the series will be out on Disney+ on August 31st, with a two-episode release. Part two of the series, which will take you right up to the events of Rogue One, will start production this fall.