Although Andor season 2 is on its way, production was reportedly paused amid the SAG-AFTRA strike. Here's all your essential information on Andor season 2 on Disney Plus, including all the cast set to return and where the journey will take us next.
Andor season 2 release date speculation
Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy previously revealed that Andor season 2 is expected to be released in August 2024.
Chatting about the upcoming season at Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London, he explained: “We started shooting in November. We're about halfway. We're gonna shoot through August. We're on exact schedule. [We'll] finish in August, spend another year on post. I suppose we'll come out the following August.”
However, now that the series is expected to be impacted by the actors' and writers' strikes, it's very possible this could be pushed back.
According to Deadline, the series was weeks away from wrapping in the UK, but it's thought that will be delayed.
Amid the strikes, the series was able to continue filming at Pinewood Studios with its cast under Equity, the British acting union, but it's not clear when it will be able to complete the shoot with its SAG-AFTRA cast, who are currently striking.
The showrunner, who has also been striking amid the WGA strike, recently told Deadline: "I think SAG and the Writers Guild are trying to preserve our industry. In such a strange way, we’ve become the creators and the interpreters, the creative community are becoming the protectors of this industry, this huge industry that people love."
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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.
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.
Meanwhile, on Coruscant, embattled politician Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O'Reilly, will continue organising 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
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 energising," he continued while speaking to Rolling Stone.
"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.
Lucky fans at Star Wars Celebration 2023 were treated to a glimpse of new footage while the series is in production, which set up Cassian becoming a fully-fledged member of the rebellion.
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