Andor is the much anticipated Rogue One prequel series coming soon to Disney+, starring Diego Luna as he reprises his role as Rebel spy Cassian Andor, and no doubt exploring a darker side to the Star Wars universe.

After the mammoth success of The Mandalorian it's no surprise that more live-action Star Wars shows are on the way, and Andor is the one that's been in the works the longest so far.

If you’re interested in what other big shows are coming to Disney Plus (including the Obi-Wan series), then check out our piece on all the best upcoming Disney+ shows.

When is the Andor release date?

Disney has only confirmed that Andor will arrive on Disney+ in 2022, but we don't know when this will be. According to Deadline, filming has now wrapped. 

We know that The Book of Boba Fett will be heading to screens on 29 December 2021. The Mandalorian season 3 is predicted to air in the second half of 2022, so we could see Andor hitting screens sometime in-between - perhaps in Spring/Summer 2022. Of course, this is all speculation. 

When it arrives, there will be twelve episodes that are likely to air weekly, just as they do for The Mandalorian. The show may also be set for multiple seasons.

This news comes from Alan Tudyk, the voice of the sassy Imperial droid, K2SO. Collider reported that in an interview he confirmed he won't be in the first twelve episodes, but he will still be on the show.

Seeing as the first season is only twelve episodes long, that tells us that we have at least two seasons of Andor to look forward to. Disney has yet to comment on this. 

Watch the trailer

We don't have a true trailer for the show yet, but we do have a sizzle reel with plenty of behind-the-scenes shots and concept art that tease what we can expect from Andor:

What's the plot?

The new show will be a spy thriller based around Diego Luna's character, Cassian Andor, and will be set five years prior to Rogue One in the early days of the battle between the Empire and Rebellion. 

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Luna expressed his excitement for a prequel story. “You know the ending, but you don't know how it happened, and we have that challenge in front of us again”.

Who are the cast and crew?

As you'll have already guessed, Diego Luna will be back as Cassian Andor. Joining him will be Genevieve O’Reilly, who is reprising her role as Mon Mothma, a leader within the Rebellion. 

Joining them will be Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller, and Denise Gough according to Variety. We don't know who the characters will be as negotiations are still being finalised - but we'll update this article when we know more. The latest addition to the cast is Good Omens actress Adria Arjona, as reported by Deadline

More rumours have surfaced about who may be joining the cast. Stellan Skarsgrad mentioned in a radio interview that he had acted alongside Forest Whitaker, who plays the part of Saw Gerrera. In addition, The Direct is reporting that villain Orson Krennic (played by Ben Mendelsohn) will be returning also. 

Alan Tudyk will also return to voice the Imperial droid, K2SO - but we're likely not to see him until season two. Luna has also teased that there will be more 'familiar faces', so we can possibly expect to see more Rogue One alumni. 

In terms of behind the camera, Tony Gilroy (who previously worked on Rogue One) shall serve as the showrunner and director. On the writing team, we'll have Tony's brother Dan (known for Nightcrawler), Stephen Schiff (know for The Americans) and Beau Willimon (known for House of Cards). 

Deadline has also reported that due to pandemic-related travel issues, Gilroy won't direct the first three episodes. Instead, Toby Haynes will take over the duties in his absence. Haynes has previously worked on Black Mirror, Sherlock and Doctor Who.

As the first episodes are being filmed in the UK, it made sense for Haynes to take over for now. Gilroy will still be actively involved behind the scenes.

How can I watch Andor?

Andor looks set to be a Disney+ exclusive, which means you’ll only be able to watch it on the streaming platform. At the time of writing, Disney+ costs £7.99/$7.99 per month for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$79.99 for an annual pass. You can sign up for Disney Plus here.