Meet the cast of Andor, prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The latest Star Wars series boasts a large ensemble cast, with almost 200 speaking roles across the 12 episodes.
The prequel occurs five years before the events of Rogue One, and introduces viewers to Diego Luna's Cassian Andor before he became the Rebel we know and love from Rogue One.
A whole cast of new and returning characters has been recruited to help tell Cassian's backstory, which is set to be told across 24 generously sized episodes split across two seasons, including an adoptive mother who delivers chilling one-liners and a mysterious man who claims to know much about him.
So, with one final episodes still set to drop, why not read on to find out everything you need to know about Andor's cast and characters?
Who's in the cast of Andor?
The following cast members feature in Andor on Disney+.
- Diego Luna as Cassian Andor/Kassa
- Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Senator Mon Mothma
- Denise Gough as Lieutenant Dedra Meero
- Kyle Soller as Deputy Inspector Syril Karn
- Adria Arjona as Bix Caleen
- Fiona Shaw as Maarva Andor
- Joplin Sibtain as Brasso
- James McArdle as Timm Karlo
- Rupert Vansittart as Chief Hyne
- Alex Ferns as Sergeant Linus Mosk
- Gary Beadle as Clem Andor
- Faye Marsay as Vel Sartha
- Varada Sethu as Cinta Kaz
- Elizabeth Dulau as Kleya Marki
- Kathryn Hunter as Eedy Karn
- Alastair Mackenzie as Senator Perrin Fertha
- Anton Lesser as Major Partagaz
- Alex Lawther as Karis Nemik
- Sule Rimi as Lieutenant Gorn
- Ebon Moss-Bacharach as Arvel Skeen
- Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as Taramyn Barcona
- Stanley Townsend as Commandant Jayhold Beehaz
- Ben Miles as Tay Kolma
- Andy Serkis as Kino Loy
- Duncan Pow as Ruescott Melshi
- Richard Dillane as Davo Scaldun
- and Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera
Find out more about the major players below.
Diego Luna plays Cassian Andor/Kassa
Who is Cassian Andor? Cassian Andor is a member of the Rebel Alliance who was instrumental in acquiring the Death Star plans; a major win which facilitated Luke Skywalker's ultimate destruction of the horrifying space weapon. However, years before that fateful mission, he was far less interested in the idea of rebellion, with this series delving into what ultimately turned him into a committed freedom fighter.
What else has Diego Luna been in? Luna began his acting career in his home country of Mexico, rising through the industry alongside childhood friend Gael García Bernal (who will soon star in Marvel's Werewolf by Night). Outside of Star Wars, he is known for his roles in awards favourite Milk, sci-fi thriller Elysium, romantic drama If Beale Street Could Talk and animation DC's League of Super-Pets. On the small screen, he played Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo in Netflix's Narcos: Mexico.
Stellan Skarsgård plays Luthen Rael
Who is Luthen Rael? Luthen Rael is an enigmatic new addition to the Star Wars franchise. When we first meet him in Andor, all we know is that he claims to be leading a mission that could inflict major damage on the burgeoning Empire.
However, he is cagey about his own role and allegiances, which leads Andor to become suspicious of his true intentions.
It later emerges that Rael is a leading member of the Rebel Alliance and masks his true allegiances by appearing as a humble antiques shop owner.
Skarsgård explained: "He's complex and there's a lot of contradiction in him, which attracts me because I really don't like the idea of good and evil people. That sort of binary way of looking at humanity, I think, is an incredibly dangerous way to look at humans.
"So, I'm very grateful for the ambiguity of the character. He lives a kind of double life or maybe triple life, we don’t know. He actually is two characters in a way in this story, which makes him a lot of fun to play, going between those two, rather different, characters."
What else has Stellan Skarsgård been in? Skarsgård has become a well known face in Hollywood cinema over the past decade, with a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr Erik Selvig. Last year, he also starred in sci-fi epic Dune as the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Previously, he was known as Bootstrap Bill Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and critically lauded for smaller scale work including Good Will Hunting, Amistad and Melancholia.
Genevieve O'Reilly plays Senator Mon Mothma
Who is Mon Mothma? Mon Mothma is a politician who has been a member of the galactic senate since the days of the Republic and held her position after its downfall by pledging allegiance to the new Empire. However, in secret, she is aiding resistance forces and planning to fight back against the oppressive regime. Mon Mothma would go on to become a leading figure in the Rebel Alliance, as seen in 1983's Return of the Jedi.
"Previously, we've seen her in an important but very public role as a senator, as a leader. This is the first time that we get to see the woman behind the role," said O'Reilly in an interview with RadioTimes.com.
"That we get to see what she has to risk, what it costs, what she has to sacrifice, what she has to fight for... I'm thrilled for fans that they will get to meet a more fleshed out Mon Mothma."
What else has Genevieve O'Reilly been in? Recently, O'Reilly has taken on dramatic television roles in Tin Star, Three Families and The Honourable Woman, while she had a more comedic recurring role on Matt LeBlanc sitcom Episodes. On the big screen, she had a small role in The Matrix sequels as Officer Wirtz, and also appeared in 2016's The Legend of Tarzan, where she played the jungle hero's mother.
Denise Gough plays Lieutenant Dedra Meero
Who is Dedra Meero? Dedra Meero is a supervisor within the Empire's authoritarian Imperial Security Bureau, who is hellbent on tracking down Cassian Andor when he becomes a wanted man.
On what sets Dedra and fellow villain Syril Karn apart from earlier Star Wars villains like Moff Tarkin and Admiral Hux, actor Denise Gough had this to say.
"They're both kind of mid-level. It’s not like they're at the top, so you're seeing the struggle to get them to there," she told RadioTimes.com in an exclusive interview.
"And that’s what’s so exciting about playing them because they stop being baddies and they become people determined to… Dedra thinks she's going to save the world, she's going to save the Empire – that's her mission."
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What else has Denise Gough been in? Gough's recent television roles include Sky comedy Stella, Idris Elba series Guerrilla, psychological thriller Too Close and factual drama Under the Banner of Heaven. On the big screen, she is known for children's fantasy film The Kid Who Would Be King.
Adria Arjona plays Bix Caleen
Who is Bix Caleen? Bix is a longtime friend of Cassian Andor, although their relationship is on shaky ground when we meet her at the start of the show. She owns a salvage yard, which she inherited following the death of her parents, and is a highly skilled mechanic.
"Bix is super smart and she's bold," began Arjona to RadioTimes.com. "She's a woman that's incredibly brave. And as the manager of her own salvage yard, she goes hand in hand with just about anyone when it comes to bargaining or negotiating... And she has a complicated dynamic with Cassian.
"These people know each other, but you can sort of sense and feel that trust has been broken... She has created this stable life for herself and really wants to keep it that way, but this guy just keeps coming back and she has to make some strong decisions. She definitely makes a few that takes her on a bit of a journey."
What else has Adria Arjona been in? At this point, Arjona will be well known to fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Her film credits include blockbuster sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising and superhero origin Morbius, while she is also known for television roles in Oz reimagining Emerald City and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens. Among her other projects are Netflix Original action flicks 6 Underground, Triple Frontier and Sweet Girl, and the second season of HBO's True Detective.
Kyle Soller plays Deputy Inspector Syril Karn
Who is Syril Karn? At the start of Andor, Syril Karn is working for a corporate authority partnered with the Empire to enforce order on the planet of Morlana One. It is there that Andor first comes to his attention. Following a humiliating attempt at capturing the fugitive, Karn becomes obsessed with exacting his revenge.
What else has Kyle Soller been in? Soller appeared in Aidan Turner's beloved Poldark remake in the role of Francis, while his other British television projects include Silent Witness, Bounty Hunters and Brexit: The Uncivil War.
Fiona Shaw plays Maarva Andor
Who is Maarva? Maarva is the adoptive mother of Cassian Andor, who raised him from a young age but is somewhat disappointed by the man he has grown into.
What else has Fiona Shaw been in? Shaw is one of the UK's most celebrated actors, recently wowing viewers with her powerhouse performance in Killing Eve. She is also known for roles in My Left Foot, the Harry Potter film series and, most recently, BBC drama Baptiste.
Faye Marsay plays Vel Sartha
Who is Vel Sartha? A Rebel leader on the planet Aldhani crosses paths with Cassian Andor. Later episodes reveal that Vel is the cousin of Mon Mothma.
What else has Faye Marsay been in? Marsay has appeared in the films Pride, Darkest Hour, A Private War, and Lady Chatterley's Lover. Additionally, Marsay is known for her roles in The White Queen, Black Mirror, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones.
Varada Sethu plays Cinta Kaz
Who is Cinta Kaz? A Rebel on Aldhani who is the team's medic and healer. Later shown to be the lover of Vel Sartha.
What else has Varada Sethu been in? Sethu has appeared in films such as Now You See Me 2, Jurassic World: Dominion, and I Came By. The actress has also appeared in the series Hanna, Doctor Foster and the Strike Back franchise.
Elizabeth Dulau plays Kleya Marki
Who is Kleya Marki? The assistant to Luthen Rael in his antiques store, Kleya plays a vital and pragmatic role in the Rebellion's schemes.
What else has Elizabeth Dulau been in? Dulau has also appeared in The Outlaws and Gentleman Jack.
Anton Lesser plays Major Partagaz
Who is Major Partagaz? The leading Imperial officer at the Imperial Security Bureau is superior to Lieutenant Meero.
What else has Anton Lesser been in? The veteran British actor is best known for his turns as Qyburn in Game of Thrones, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in The Crown season 2, Prime Minister Clement Attlee in A United Kingdom, Chief Superintendent Bright in Endeavour, and Sir Thomas More in Wolf Hall.
Forest Whitaker plays Saw Gerrera
Who is Saw Gerrera? Gerrera is a freedom fighter who was first introduced in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, before making his live-action debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While he has fought alongside Republic heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano in the past, he is ultimately disowned by the Rebel Alliance for tactics deemed too violent and extreme.
What else has Forest Whitaker been in? Whitaker is an Academy Award-winning actor for his role in The Last King of Scotland. Good Morning, Vietnam, The Butler, Arrival and Marvel's Black Panther are among his other film projects.
Andy Serkis plays Kino Loy
Who is Kino Loy? A convict and floor manager in an Imperial factory facility on the planet Narkina 5 who later becomes an ally to Andor.
What else has Andy Serkis been in? The British actor is best known for his motion-capture roles in The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Planet of the Apes franchise, The Adventures of Tintin, and Mowli: Legend of the Jungle. Serkis also played Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Serkis also appears in the sequel trilogy of Star Wars as the villainous Supreme Leader Snoke.
Duncan Pow plays Ruescott Melshi
Who is Ruescott Melshi? A fellow prisoner on Narkina 5 who joins Andor in his plan to escape.
The character also appears as a member of the Rebel Alliance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and as a friend to Andor.
What else has Duncan Pow been in? The Scottish actor has appeared in the Sky One series Dream Team and Holby City.
Dave Chapman plays B2EMO
Who is B2EMO? B2EMO is a salvage droid who has belonged to Cassian Andor's adoptive family for decades. As a result, he isn't in great condition, with malfunctioning parts, a weak battery life and an unusual speech pattern.
What else has Dave Chapman been in? Chapman has frequently worked as a puppeteer, helping to bring BB-8 to life in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, while also operating characters on Spitting Image and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Other supporting characters include the following:
- Belle Swarc as Kerri
- Robert Emms as Supervisor Blevin
- Ben Bailey Smith as Supervisor Lonni Jung
- Clemens Schick as Ham
- David Hayman as the Chieftan of the Aldhani natives
- Michelle Duncan as Roboda Beehaz
- Alfie Todd as Leonart Beehaz
- Brontë Carmichael as Leida Mothma
- Christopher Fairbank as Ulaf
- Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Wullf Yularen
- Adrian Rawlins as Dr. Rhasiv
Andor season 1 is available to stream on Disney Plus from Wednesday 21st September 2022. New episodes weekly. Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 for a year.
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