Andor season 2: release date speculation, cast and latest news

Andor has been hailed by some Star Wars fans as the best thing the franchise has produced in decades, so it’s no surprise that many are now clamoring for details on season 2.

The recent finale brought a dramatic end to the first act of the story as Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) returned to Ferrix for his mother’s funeral, only to find himself in the middle of a fierce battle between the local population and the oppressive Empire.

Several characters were left in fascinating places by the thrilling episode, none more so than Andor himself, who has evolved into the devout rebel operative we first met in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The second season will chronicle all the key moments leading up to Andor’s heroic sacrifice on the planet Scarif, during a mission to retrieve the Death Star plans.

Read on for all your essential information on Andor season 2 on Disney Plus.

Andor season 2 release date speculation

Diego Luna plays Cassian Andor in Andor

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in Andor. Disney

Disney Plus is yet to announce a release date for Andor season 2, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be any time soon.

When the first season launched, showrunner Tony Gilroy said he expects to be working on the show for another two years, suggesting that the follow-up may not land until autumn 2024.

“We start shooting in November on part two. Our past pattern was two years… We’ll shoot from November to August, and then our post[-production] last time was about a year,” he explained to The Wrap.

Andor season 2 cast

Most of the Andor cast is expected to return for the second season in some capacity, which will be led once more by Diego Luna in the titular role.

Based on the recent finale, it seems that Stellan Skarsgård will continue to be a key player in season 2 as rebel spy Luthen Rael, along with his longtime associates Vel (Faye Marsay) and Cinta (Varada Sethu).

The climactic episode also saw three of Andor’s friends escape the Empire’s attack on Ferrix – Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona), Brasso (Joplin Sibtain) and adorable droid B2EMO – with the fugitive promising that he’ll reunite with them one day.

Kyle Soller and Denise Gough in Andor

Kyle Soller as Syril Karn and Denise Gough as Dedra Meero in Andor. Disney

A great hero needs a great villain to face off with and Cassian has two, with Kyle Soller’s Syril Karn and Denise Gough’s Dedra Meero seeming likely to combine their dastardly plans in the second season.

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Meanwhile, on Coruscant, embattled politician Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly, will continue organizing the rebellion as her personal life completely unravels.

Tony Gilroy has also hinted that Andy Serkis could return as Empire prisoner Kino Loy, although this is still to be confirmed.

As fans expected, the first season of Andor had quite a high bodycount, killing off Maarva (Fiona Shaw), Nemik (Alex Lawther) and Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), all of whom are unlikely to reappear – except, perhaps, in flashback.

What could happen in Andor season 2? Plot theories

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in Andor.

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in Andor. Disney

Tony Gilroy has teased what’s coming down the line for Andor in several interviews, including a conversation with Rolling Stone where he promised things will be “very different” when the show returns.

“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,” he began.

“The next four years [of story] 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.

Andor season 2 will have a new narrative structure, skipping forward one year for every three episodes, but Gilroy has promised that the show won’t feel any less detailed.

“What becomes interesting is now we can play the negative space. When you jump a year, what happened in between? You know the people, you know what their trajectory was. It’s energizing,” he continued while speaking to Rolling Stone.

Faye Marsay and Varada Sethu in Andor.

Faye Marsay as Vel Sartha and Varada Sethu as Cinta Kaz in Andor. Disney+

“People grow up and people get tired and people betray each other and people change their minds and people get weak and people get crazy.”

Gilroy has also said that Andor season 2 will tie in more directly with the main Star Wars saga, as it begins hurtling towards the events of A New Hope at lightspeed, with the rebel base on Yavin 4 set to be a key location in the story .

The showrunner let that detail slip while discussing a new addition to the writing team with Collider.

“Tom Bissell is really cool and really, really interesting, versatile, really good writer,” he said. “But also a very, very, very big Star Wars fan, which we really wanted to make sure we had another pro because we’re going into Rogue [One].

“We’re going to Yavin, and then we’re going into places where we eventually need to really weave our way back to the source.”

Is there an Andor season 2 trailer?

Not just yet, but we’ll update this page the moment that new footage drops.

Andor is available to stream on Disney Plus now. New episodes arrive weekly. Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 for a year.

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