Andor Season 2: Everything we know so far
Here’s what we know about Andor Season 2, from any release date and trailer updates to plot discussions and details on who could be returning to the cast.
The series is chronicling the backstory of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), the Rebel spy we first met in Rogue One before his fateful encounter with Jyn Erso, and their heroic efforts to steal the plans to the Death Star.
The clock has started ticking for the next batch of episodes, so here’s everything we know about Andor Season 2.
- Is there an Andor Season 2 release date?
- Andor Season 2 cast: Who’s in it?
- Andor Season 2 plot
- Is there an Andor Season 2 trailer?
Is there an Andor Season 2 release date?
Andor Season 2 is set to be released in August 2024, but an exact release date hasn’t been confirmed. And with recent Hollywood strikes, this release window may be closing.
The release window was confirmed as part of the show’s panel at Star Wars Celebration on April 7.
The “second half” of the show was meant to have production set to last until August this year. Another year would then be spent on post-production, with the show set to release in 2024.
“We started shooting in November. We’re about halfway. We’re gonna shoot through August. We’re on exact schedule. [We’ll] finish in August, spend another year on post. I suppose we’ll come out the following August,” Gilroy said.
He also told Collider: “If past is predicate, and we do the same thing we did before, it’ll be on the same schedule. It will come out two years later.
“The only place you can accelerate the processes is in post, and the only way you can accelerate in post is with money, and money is tight.
“So, I don’t really know, there would have to be some serious motivation next May or June or something. Someone would have to say, ‘Wow, we really need this, and we’re willing to pay X.’ Rogue One proved, if you throw money at it, you can do post really, really fast. It’s just very, very, very expensive.”
However, the show has been halted as a result of the writers strike, with Gilroy recently stopping any and all work on the second season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this comes after he reportedly agreed to keep working in a producing capacity, which attracted criticism online.
In a statement, he said: “I discontinued all writing and writing-related work on Andor prior to midnight, May 1. After being briefed on the Saturday showrunner meeting, I informed Chris Keyser at the WGA on Sunday morning that I would also be ceasing all non-writing producing functions.”
Now, with the SAG-AFTRA strikes also in effect, this halts the show’s production even more.
Andor Season 2 cast: Who could be in it?
Right now, we can expect the following cast members to return for Andor Season 2:
- Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
- Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma
- Denise Gough as Dedra Meero
- Kyle Soller as Syril Karn
- Alex Ferns as Sergeant Linus Mosk
- Adria Arjona as Bix Caleen
- Faye Marsay as Vel Sartha
- Varada Sethu as Cinta Kaz
- Anton Lesser as Major Partagaz:
- Dave Chapman as B2EMO
- Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera
- Doc Brown as Lieutenant Supervisor Blevin
- Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Wulff Yularen
- Duncan Pow as Ruescott Melshi
- Davo Sculdun: Richard Dillane
- Lonni Jung: Robert Emms
There’s a few characters that won’t return, given their deaths in Season 1: Fiona Shaw as Maarva Andor, Alex Lawther as Karis Nemik, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Arvel Skeen, and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as Taramyn Barcona.
A question mark still hangs over Andy Serkis’ role as Kino Loy following the heartbreaking events of Episode 10, when it was revealed he couldn’t swim. He’s rumored to return after being spotted close to production on the second season.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he was asked whether his character died, to which he said: “That’s an interesting one. Who knows?” Gilroy also said: “I don’t know. He’s not dead. Is he dead? I don’t see him dying.”
As for Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, the main hero of Rogue One, she recently denied any rumors of her return during an appearance on The One Show.
“I’m afraid to say I won’t be, but I still have hope for Jyn Erso at some point to make a comeback. But no, sadly I won’t be… I actually wouldn’t want to repeat any of [my characters]. It’s so funny — once you’ve sort of done it and you’ve kind of put them to bed, then you’re ready for the next challenge.”
Andor Season 2 plot: What will it be about?
Andor Season 2 will have 12 episodes and span across four years, starting off one year after the events of the first season. Unlike Season 1 which takes place during one pivotal year of Cassian’s life, showing how he met Luthen and joined the Rebellion, Season 2 covers a much broader scope.
During the Star Wars Celebration, Gilroy teased: “It took him [Cassian] a year and he climbed up out of a ditch and went through an incredible number of life experiences… he’s joined the rebellion – we’re never going back on that – and he’s a committed member now.”
“We will now track him and the other characters over the next four years. When we come back it will be a year later,” he added, and confirmed the final scene will see Cassian heading to the Ring of Kafrene, where we first met him in Rogue One.
“We’re taking you right to that moment… we’re going to let you know how he got there, what it cost him, the power of the journey… there’s something very special about where he ends up. We will hopefully pay off and stick the emotional landing.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Gilroy said: “I’m hoping what we’re gonna do in the second half will make the meal feel really satisfying. Because the first year is really about him becoming, and the last line of this tranche of 12 episodes will sum up where we’ve been trying to get to. And we come back a year later.
“It’ll be very different. The next four years are not about becoming a revolutionary. They’re about learning to be a leader and how difficult it is to put the alliance together and what happens to people who are the original gangsters versus the establishment and a lot of different other issues.”
We also know the ending of Andor will lead directly into the events of Rogue One. In fact, the final three episodes specifically, will cover “the last three days before Rogue One,” Gilroy confirmed in an interview with Empire. “Our final scene has always been known, which will be walking him into the first scene of Rogue One.”
Gilroy has also teased “heavy” moments for Mon Mothma in the second season, particularly after Genevieve O’Reilly’s performance became a highlight of the show.
“We had some ambitions for what we were going to do with Mon Mothma, turning her upside-down and filling out her backstory in a way that might be obscure to canon and to the history books, but I also was unaware of how brilliant an actress Genevieve O’Reilly is,” he told the Radio Times.
“I knew she was good, but we got in there and started messing around and like, oh my gosh, she’s world-class. Absolutely state of the art and she can do anything.”
“I would argue, particularly because we’re doing Season 2 stuff now… she has to do all the things that everybody else does, but she has to do it under glass… there’s some really heavy things coming up. I think her path is very, very tough.”
Is there an Andor Season 2 trailer?
No, there isn’t a trailer for Andor Season 2 right now.
The second season has only just begun production, so it’ll likely be a while before we get a glimpse of what’s to come, but we’ll update this space once it’s shared online.
We do have a sneak peek at Cassian in Season 2, which you can see below:
That’s all we know about Andor Season 2, but we’ll update this space upon further announcements.
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