One of the many new Star Wars shows coming to Disney+ this year is Andor, which will be premiering something late summer or early fall, though no official release date has yet been announced. But it sounds like the second season of the show will begin filming around the time the first season is set to air.
As picked up by Syfy, in a recent interview with the Dagens Nyheter, a Sweedish news outlet, Stellan Skarsgard said that he’ll begin production on Dune: Part II in July, and “then in the autumn, it’s time for the second season of the Star Wars series Andor.”
We haven’t yet gotten official confirmation about a second season of the series, but this seems to suggest that it’s all but certain and that they’re already scheduling for filming later this year. Though it might seem a bit strange for a series to begin production on a second season before they really can even gauge the interest in the first season, but it’s actually not that crazy; for example, season two of The Mandalorian began production before season one even premiered. It has long seemed like Andor is set for a multi-season run (as compared to, say, Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is a limited series only running six episodes), and it sounds like the first season will actually have twelve episodes. That would be a lot, and would be awesome to see. All of this is also an expression of confidence in the show that they’re making.
Andor is a prequel series to Rogue One, focusing on Rebel spy Cassian Andor in his days working missions for the fledgling Rebellion, including some things he’s not proud of, as he admits in the film. Diego Luna is returning to the starring role, while Rogue One co-writer Tony Gilroy is the showrunner and is an executive producer on the series, alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Diego Luna. Toby Haynes reportedly directed at least the first three episodes of the series, as Gilroy was unable to travel due to Covid concerns.
Luna is not the only one returning to a familiar role in the series. Genevieve O’Reilly is reprising her role of Mon Mothma, while Forest Whitaker will reportedly return as Saw Gerrera. It was originally stated that Alan Tudyk would return as K-2SO, but Tudyk clarified that he isn’t in the first season – but the plan is that he will appear down the road (which, again, is a clear sign of a multi-season plan). Also joining the cast are Stellan Skarsgard, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, and Robert Emms, according to various reports.
I’m guessing we’ll probably get more information, including perhaps a release date and an official announcement about season two, at Star Wars Celebration in May. But at that point, it sounds like we’ll not only be just months away from the premiere of this series, but also the beginning of production on season two.