Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian is going to have some company on Disney’s streaming video service in the form of a second live-action series featuring Rogue One actor Diego Luna reprising his role from the 2016 film.
The still-untitled series will follow the adventures of Luna’s Rogue One character, Cassian Andor, and be set in the early days of the Rebellion, years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That film introduced Andor as an accomplished spy for the rebel forces who went on to play an important role in retrieving the plans for the Death Star.
In February, the working title for the film was revealed to be “White Snake.” The Star Wars franchise has a well-established tradition of giving its films creative working titles, dating back to the working title for the original Star Wars, “The Adventures of the Starkiller.”
That history has also included “Jar Jar’s Great Adventure,” the working title for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and “Space Bear,” the working title for the more recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi, among other films.
Diego Luna expects filming to begin on the still-untitled Rogue One prequel series in 2020. Production was initially expected to begin in 2019, but was pushed back a year.
Cassian Andor isn’t the only Rogue One character who will return for the Disney+ spinoff. K-2SO, the hacked Imperial security droid who stole practically every scene in Rogue One, will also appear on the series. As before, Firefly and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil star Alan Tudyk will voice the Rebel robot.
Official details regarding the plot of the series are scarce at this point, but the show is described as a “rousing spy thriller” that will “explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”
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“It is a different approach because of the beauty and it’s how things happen,” Luna told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s not just what happens. It’s not the typical way of approaching a story. It’s about how things happen, which in fact, is the same that happened in Rogue One. You know the ending, but you don’t know how it happened, and we have that challenge in front of us again, which is exciting.”
Given the fate of Diego Luna’s character in Rogue One, his return to the role is a surprising one, but it’s a welcome return, according to the actor.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” Luna said in a statement. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new, exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
With The Mandalorian set years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and the untitled Cassian Andor series set before the events of Rogue One and Episode IV – A New Hope, it’s clear that Disney and Lucasfilm are casting a wide net with the Star Wars projects they’re developing for the streaming service.
There’s no official premiere date (or title) for the Cassian Andor series at this point.
Updated on March 9: Refreshed article throughout and updated information.