Who is Cassian Andor from Star Wars?

It’s been a minute since 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but Disney+ is reviving the film with Andor, its new series about rebel spy Cassian Andor. Yes, Diego Luna is back in the fan-favorite role, portraying the character in what Disney calls a spy thriller set five years before the events of Rogue One. The new show’s first season premiered on September 21 with three episodes after Cassian’s journey into the rebel leader was encountered by viewers in “Rogue One.” And in those episodes, fans learned a lot about Cassian’s backstory. Here’s an introduction to Cassian Andor – everything we already knew plus all the important information we’ve learned in Andor so far.

Who is Cassian Andor?

The Star Wars website describes Cassian: “An accomplished Alliance intelligence officer with combat experience, Captain Cassian Andor enjoys the respect of his rebel forces with his ability to keep his cool under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.” According to Star Wars Encyclopedia, he was born on the planet Fest and joined an insurgent cell during the Clone Wars and fought as a child soldier. His father was killed during a protest and his mother also died when he was young. Otherwise not much is known about his life before he joined the rebellion.

However, in the first three episodes of “Andor” viewers learn that this is not the whole truth. Cassian Being from Fest is a cover story invented by him and Maarva (Fiona Shaw). Cassian is actually from the work of Kenari, where people don’t speak Basic (what the Star Wars universe calls English). He lived there with his sister and a group of other children. One day they came across a mysterious Republican ship that had crashed there with dead officers. Cassian ventured into the ship to explore, where he was found by Maarva. Maarva is convinced the Republic will kill her in retaliation, so she takes Cassian to rescue him. All of this goes down towards the end of the Clone Wars. At the beginning of the series, Cassian is looking for a girl from Kenari and says it is his sister.

During the show, Luthen mentions to Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) that Cassian’s father was hanged by the Imperials. That was probably his adoptive father.

What happened to Kenari?

In another scene, the Pre-Mor investigators looking for Andor say that the Empire’s records showed that Kenari was destroyed in a “mining accident”. In the Star Wars canon, “mine disaster” is often used as a code word for something terrible that happened there. Viewers will have to wait and see what the show reveals about the doomed planet.

Cassian Andor in “Rogue One”

Released in 2016, Rogue One is a prequel to 1977’s A New Hope, the very first Star Wars film. In “Rogue One”, Cassian is an intelligence officer who has worked for the rebels since he was 6 years old. In the film, he is tasked with watching over renegade Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and assassinating her father, Galen, the engineer behind the Death Star. Cassian eventually decides not to kill Galen, even though the scientist dies in a bomb blast anyway. The Rebel Captain and Jyn eventually take an Imperial ship called the Rogue One to raid the Death Star’s database. They obtain the Death Star schematics and send the data back to the rebels. Despite the victory, the film’s ending is rather bleak: a blast from Grand Moff Tarkin kills the pair and many of the rebel troops supporting them. Ultimately, however, the plans end up with Princess Leia and offer the rebels a new hope.

Cassian Andor in “Andor”

Back in May, Luna said at Star Wars Celebration that the version of Cassian fans who will meet in Andor is a “very selfish man.” The show takes Cassian on a journey from a normal person concerned about himself to a rebel leader who helps unite and inspire the rebellion. The first season of Andor covers one year, while the second season covers the remaining four years until the start of Rogue One. We don’t yet know exactly what will happen during this time.

One thing we know about “Andor”? Cassian will make it through both seasons. “The beauty of this show is there’s no way they’re going to kill me,” Luna joked in May.

Additional reporting by Victoria Edel

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