August might be the most jam-packed month of the year for sci-fi and fantasy TV. We’ve got new series like Game of Thrones successor House of the Dragon, Netflix’s The Sandman, and She-Hulk on Disney+, as well as the finales to big series like The Orville: New Horizons and Westworld season 4. Prepare to be bombarded with quality television.
Originally, we were also going to get the new Star Wars series Andor this month as well, but there’s been a change. Star Diego Luna, who plays Rebel spy Cassian Andor in this Rogue One spinoff show, debuted a new trailer for the series on ABC Good Morning, which came alongside the announcement that it will now be releasing on September 21. But in case the idea of waiting a whole extra month for Andor makes you even the tiniest bit sad, Mickey Mouse is here to give you a consolation prize: Andor will now be getting a three-episode premiere, changed from the two-episode premiere it had been slated to get when it was coming in August.
Andor trailer shows the Rebel Alliance in its infancy
“It’s quite unique, because we know what Cassian is capable of, but we’re going to meet him when he doesn’t know he’s capable of that,” Luna said on the morning talk show. “We’re going to meet him when life is tough, it’s a very dark and interesting life because it’s just a regular guy that suddenly has to become part of something bigger, has to become part of a community that rises. It’s the beginning of the origins of a revolution, and it’s a beautiful story because it reminds us what we are capable of, what we are all capable of. There’s no Jedis around — it’s people having to take control.”
The trailer teases Luna’s super-spy adventures, showing how they begin with him stealing from the Empire as a child before the Rebel Alliance is even around. It also gives us a good look at Genevieve O’Reilly’s return as Mon Mothma and Stellan Skarsgård as a burgeoning Rebel leader. We also get our first glimpse of Forest Whittaker reprising his Rogue One role as Saw Gerrera.
Rogue One is being helmed by Tony Gilroy, the co-writer of Star Wars: Rogue One and director of five out of the first season’s 12 episodes. Luna teases that Andor will take a more grounded approach and feature more practical effects than some of its previous Star Wars counterparts. “I love the whole world,” he said. “Suddenly I’m a kid on the set, because everything’s real, everything’s there. We don’t work with green screens — the stuff is built. The props work. They make noises.”
Andor premieres its first three episodes September 21 on Disney+.