The next Star Wars series Andor dropped a new trailer after announcing it will be delayed a month, arriving on Disney+ with a three-episode premiere in September.
Disney+ has released a new trailer for the new Star Wars show, Andor—but the release date was announced to be pushed back one month. Fans expected to see a two-episode premiere on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 but will now premiere with a three-episode premiere on Wednesday, September 21. While the delay seemed unexpected, it may have correlated that it did not want to compete with its Marvel counterpart, She-Hulk, that starts airing on the service August 17.
The new trailer was expertly shot in a similar way to its origin film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It showed off numerous shots of a young and older Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)—who audiences met in Rogue One. The voiceover and scenes showed off a grittier take to the Star Wars universe, as the Rebel Alliance was shown to be growing in opposition to the Galactic Empire. There was also shots of the Senate on Coruscant, which could mean more of that juicy political squabbles fans ‘loved’ from the prequel movie trilogy.
It also showed Forest Whitaker who will be reprising his role as Saw Garrera, which Star Wars fans would have seen in the animated Clone Wars series and in the video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There was also more shots of the new character, Luthen Rael, played by Stellan Skarsgård. A new poster was revealed as well, alongside a few new stills.
The story and project details for Andor were originally announced back in 2018, making it one of the longest-running Lucasfilm projects. It was said to use more practical effects than most of the other spin-offs and main film productions—comparatively to the hit series, The Mandalorian. While the series has yet to premiere, there was already plans to work on a second season, and it could expand on how Cassian met the sassy, funny droid K-2SO.
The story was already defined to focus on Cassian Andor five years before the motley crew of rebels even thought to steal the Death Star plans. Now, the synopsis explained the series will focus on Cassian’s tale of becoming a rebel hero through the tough times of “danger, deception and intrigue.” It also presented some scenes of how Saw’s rebel following developed as well, pushing more depth with how various planets struggled under the Empire’s rule.
The Disney+ announcement seemed to show that this series will be receiving just as much, if not, more focus than its other Star Wars shows like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and most recently Obi-Wan Kenobi. Andor would be marking the longest live-action Disney+ series with 12 episodes and it will be the first time a Disney+ show got a three-episode premiere.
The perks of the delay would be that it would not be competing with other big property premieres like HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, and Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings spin-off, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The tail-end of August and September will basically present a long list of spin-off shows galore. Who will win the Disney+ vs HBO vs Amazon Prime battle has yet to be determined. But ultimately, audiences will have a lot to expect and having Star Wars’ Andor released further would help it breathe aside from the rest of the shows.
However the new release date does mean it will air alongside the 16-episode second season of the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The companion series to The Clone Wars is set to return the following week on September 28, but Andor‘s delay may change those plans.
Along with Luna, Skarsgård and Whitaker, the cast listed Genevieve O’Reilly, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and Fiona Shaw. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is also the creator and showrunner.