A second Star Wars live-action series is on the way for Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service. The series will star Diego Luna, who is reprising his role as Cassian Andor, the Rebel spy from Rogue One.
And now it’s been announced that Alan Tudyk will be joining him, reprising his role as sardonic droid K-2SO.
Set to go into production this year, the new series will follow Cassian during the early days of the Rebellion and before the events of Rogue One (since, you know, he blew up in that movie).
“The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire,” according to a statement on StarWars.com.
Based on the James Bond-like assassin/spy antics we saw from Cassian in Rogue One, the above description should be very exciting. Like Rogue One itself, a series set in the morally gray world of the Rebellion would be a more modern take on the Galactic Civil War than the black and white storytelling of the Original Trilogy. How dark Disney will go with this series remains to be seen.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” Luna said. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
Cassian hasn’t appeared in many other Star Wars stories since his turn in Rogue One. Besides a Marvel comic one-shot, starring both Cassian and his charmingly sarcastic droid, K-2SO, not much of the rebel’s backstory has been explored. This will undoubtedly change with this series.
No showrunner was named in the announcement, but considering Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) is helming the other live-action series, The Mandalorian, expect a big name behind the director’s chair.
No release has been set for the series, but you can expect Disney+ to launch in November 2019.