The Cassian Andor series has just announced two new cast members, one of which helps solidify its place in the Star Wars timeline. The yet to be titled Cassian Andor series will obviously be a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but when exactly it would take place in the Star Wars timeline was still a question.
A question that has finally been answered, in part due to some interesting casting news. Two more actresses have joined the cast of the Cassian Andor series. Genevieve O’Reilly has joined the cast and will be reprising her role as Mon Mothma. O’Reilly has played Mon Mothma in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and voiced her in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Denise Gough has also joined the cast, but details are being kept quiet on her role at this time.
What Does Mon Mothma Mean For Cassian Andor?
In the days of the Republic Mon Mothma was a Galactic Senator and leader of the Galactic Senate’s Loyalist faction. Mon Mothma was opposed to Palpatine’s policies just before the end of the Republic during the last days of the Clone Wars. Her vocal opposition quickly branded her as an enemy of the Empire once it was established and she was wanted by the Emperor.
Mon Mothma worked in secret to help found the Rebel Alliance and served as one of the leaders from its creation and into Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi. She was then elected to be the first Chancellor of the New Republic. We will likely be seeing Mothma in her early days of leading the Rebel Alliance in the Cassian Andor series.
As of now the cast includes Diego Luna reprising his Rogue One role as Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk will once again play his trusty droid K-2SO. Genevieve O’Reilly will once again play Mon Mothma. Denise Gough, Stellan Skarsgård, and Kyle Soller are joining the cast, but at this time their roles remain a mystery. Tony Gilroy who co-wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will write, direct, and serve as showrunner on the series. George Lucas will also be involved in the upcoming series.
The Cassian Andor series will be set five years before the Battle of Yavin which is when Luke Skywalker destroys the Death Star at the end of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. Which means at the time of the series the Empire will have been in control for about fourteen years following the events of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith when Palpatine takes control.
Cassian talked about his past dark deeds while working for the Rebel Alliance and the series will likely give fans a look at his past as a spy. Although not a lot of details are known about the series at this time, it appears we could be learning about Cassian’s past when he was a child during the Clone Wars. The series looks like it will fall into the realm of spy thriller featuring quite a bit of espionage which makes sense given that Cassian is a Rebel Alliance spy.
Disney+ not only has Cassian Andor in the works, but an Obi-wan Kenobi series as well. There is some good news though the second season of The Mandalorian is scheduled to hit Disney+ this October and season three is already in the works.
Star Wars Day, May 4, will be bringing some exciting new Star Wars content to Disney+ with the series finale of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars airing and the premiere of Disney Gallrey: The Mandalorian. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian should help hold fans over during the wait for season two as the docu-series will be hosted by executive producer Jon Favreau with never before seen footage and interviews with the cast and crew.
Are you excited about these new additions? What do you think about will be explored during this period in the Star Wars Timeline? Are you looking forward to the Cassian Andor series? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media.