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Who is Cassian Andor and what is the new Star Wars series on Disney+ all about?

The prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will explore an unseen story about the birth of the Rebellion during the time of the Galactic Empire.

Not everything is white and not everything is black. The movie Rogue One blurred the boundaries between good and evil by portraying the rebels not as Manichean heroes, but as people with their greyscales. Cassian Andor - played again by Diego Luna - is a character who captures all these nuances, a former soldier in the service of the Separatists during the Clone Wars and who served in the Rebel Alliance in Imperial times. The Star Wars: Andor series, a prequel to the film, tells the beginnings of that story.

 

Cassian Andor was born on the planet Fest and soon joined a group backed by the Confederation of Independent Systems, the one that fought against the corrupt Galactic Republic led by Darth Sidious, then Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. In reality, both sides were manipulated by the Sith Lord, all according to a master plan carefully hatched behind the back of the Jedi order itself.

Palpatine's plan went just as he had planned. After the death of General Grievous, Anakin Skywalker discovered that the Sith the Jedi had been searching for years was actually the Chancellor. He blamed the Jedi for wanting to assassinate him and issued Order 66, which immediately caused the clones to betray the knights. As the Great Purge unfolded, the Sith Lord proclaimed himself emperor of the first Galactic Empire.

Cassian Andor, spy and assassin: what is the series about?

At a time when freedoms were conspicuous by their absence, Andor was eventually recruited by General Draven as an Alliance intelligence agent. He carried out multiple missions in which he served as a spy and assassin, another sign that the character was willing to do anything to restore the Republic and put an end to the Empire once and for all. He infiltrated governments and served Imperial admirals, albeit clandestinely and under different aliases.

The Star Wars: Andor series takes place five years before the film and tells how the character forged his personality to become the protagonist we see in Rogue One. The battles unfold on the battlefield, but are also fought on other fronts, that of intelligence and secret agents. At the same time, Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) leads her opposition to the Empire from her capital, the city of Coruscant.

Star Wars: Andor will have two seasons, each with twelve episodes. It will premiere on Disney+ next September 21 with the first three episodes after a one-month delay.