Stellan Skarsgård "satisfied" with final season of Star Wars: Andor

Also, Daisy Ridley reveals that she still finds the backlash to the Star Wars sequel trilogy "upsetting" and Hayden Christensen can't get his daughter to watch the prequel movies.
Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

We've seen a lot of Star Wars spinoff shows in the past few years, from The Book of Boba Fett to Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ahsoka and more. With the possible exception of The Mandalorian, the clear fan favorite is Star Wars: Andor, which stars Stellan Skarsgård as an antiques dealer who's devoted every fiber of his being to resisting the newly installed Empire. Andor is the story of the birth of the Rebel Alliance, and Skarsgård's character Luthen Rael is at its center.

Andor stands out among the other Star Wars spinoffs Disney has produced because it feels weighty and grim; I'm never really afraid for the characters in the other Star Wars shows, but I'm nervous for the people on Andor, particularly since it only has one more season to go before it wraps up. I wouldn't be surprised if Luthen Rael ends up laying his life on the line before this wraps up.

Speaking to Io9, Skarsgård apparently "lit up" when asked about the second and final season of Andor. “I’m satisfied where it goes, yeah. It’s such good writing and it’s Tony Gilroy, I really like to say his lines,” the actor said.

Considering how good the first season was, I have no doubt the second will blow everyone away, Unfortunately, we'll be waiting a while to see it. Andor season 2 was originally going to come out this year, but it sounds like the writers and actors strikes in 2023 disrupted things, so now fans will likely have to wait until 2025. But if you want to see Stellan Skarsgård in an iconic sci-fi series, you can always watch him as the vile Baron Harkonnen in Dune: Part Two, which hits theaters on March 1.

Daisy Ridley still finds the backlash to her second two Star Wars movies "upsetting"

Someone else who's returning to the Star Wars universe is Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in the prequel trilogy between 2015 and 2019. She'll be returning in a solo film all about Rey, although the details remain under wraps.

That might mean walking back into a hornet's nest, because the last two Star Wars movies Ridley was in — The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker — were famously divisive among fans, which Ridley still finds "upsetting. As she told Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, “you don’t want people to feel like you’ve not served the thing they’re a fan of.” She remembers how everyone seemed to more or less enjoy 2015's The Force Awakens before the next two movies inspired waves of backlash, although that "didn't change" how she felt about the movies.

There's no release date for Ridley's new Star Wars film. Hopefully it can bring the fanbase together.

Hayden Christensen
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Hayden Christensen's daughter won't watch his Star Wars movies, despite his attempts

Speaking of Star Wars veterans who are back in the mix after some time off, Hayden Christensen has been making appearances as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader lately, a role he originally played in the prequel trilogy in the early 2000s. He returned to the part in both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka, and I wouldn't be surprised if he popped up again.

Star Wars has been an important part of Christensen's career, although he's had trouble getting his 9-year-old daughter to watch the movies. "She still hasn't seen it," he told fans on a panel at MegaCon in Orlando this past weekend, according to PEOPLE. "I was dragging my feet for a while, kind of wanting to hold off. But now she's 9 years old and I feel like she's at an appropriate age where I could share it with her."

"There have been a few times where I've actually offered it up and I've said, 'Sweetheart, would you like to watch Star Wars?' There's always something else that she's more interested in," he explained. "We're watching a lot of this show called Liv and Maddie right now, So, every time I bring it up, she's like, 'Let's watch Liv and Maddie, please.'"

After some research, I can tell you that Liv and Maddie is a Disney sitcom that ran for four seasons in the mid 2010s, starring Dove Cameron as twin sisters who are opposites, but also best friends. Christensen's daughter may want to watch that a few times before checking out Star Wars. "I'm waiting on her now," the actor said.

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