Cassian Andor

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Cassian Andor
Star Wars character
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor-Rogue One (2016).jpg
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in Rogue One (2016)
First appearanceRogue One (2016)
Created byJohn Knoll
Portrayed byDiego Luna
In-universe information
AliasFulcrum
TitleCaptain
Occupation
  • Pilot
  • Intelligence officer
Affiliation
HomeworldFest

Captain Cassian Jeron Andor is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise portrayed by actor Diego Luna in the 2016 film Rogue One. He is a pilot, intelligence officer for the Rebel Alliance, and leader of Rogue One, a rebel unit which attempts to steal the plans to the Death Star, a weapon powerful enough to destroy a planet.

Character[edit]

Creation and development[edit]

Though not initially named Cassian Andor, a "Cassian Andor-type character" appeared in the original treatment of Rogue One written by John Knoll, chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and in the first draft of the script written by Gary Whitta.[1][2] The character was created as a member of Rogue One, then commanded by a Rebel Alliance sergeant version of Jyn Erso. The original intention was to kill all members of the Rogue One team, including Cassian. However, fearing that Disney would not allow the ending, Knoll and Whitta wrote that Cassian escapes Scarif with the Death Star plans alongside Jyn Erso and, though their ship is destroyed by Darth Vader after they transfer the plans to Princess Leia, they narrowly survive in an escape pod. Whitta stated that having to "jump through so many hoops" to ensure survival indicated that Cassian and Jyn should die on Scarif.[1] Producer Kathleen Kennedy and Disney ultimately approved the ending in which the entire crew dies. The main purpose of this action was believed to be for the characters to be ultimately replaced after the film by the crew of the original trilogy. [1][2]

Casting and portrayal[edit]

In May 2015, it was announced that Diego Luna had been cast in a lead role in Rogue One.[3] Director Gareth Edwards wanted Cassian to be warm and likeable rather than the typical stoic, brooding action hero, leading to Edwards' decision to cast Luna early in the casting process.[4] Diego Luna felt that his casting, and the casting of other non-white men in the film's leading roles, reflected a "modern approach" and a world in which "racial and cultural diversity is in fact making us richer and more interesting."[5]

Luna spoke in the role with his native Mexican accent, an exception for the film franchise, which has mostly featured American and British accents.[5] Luna stated that his accent was not an issue with the film's producers, who were happy with it.[6][7]

Appearances[edit]

Rogue One[edit]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released in December 2016, featuring Luna in the role of Cassian Andor, a man who had been fighting in the Rebellion since he was six years old. In the film, Cassian learns about the defection of Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook and the Death Star superweapon from rebel informant Tivik, whom he kills to avoid his capture since he is unable to escape due to an injured arm.[8] Cassian is later secretly ordered to find and assassinate scientist Galen Erso, who was captured by Director Orson Krennic and forced to help build the Death Star.

Andor and his co-pilot, reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO, travel to Jedha with Galen's daughter Jyn Erso to obtain a message from Galen, carried by Rook. Later, the rebels arrive on Eadu after learning that Galen is there; Cassian hesitantly chooses not to kill him. He ultimately leads a team with Jyn to steal the plans for the Death Star on Scarif, where he infiltrates its Imperial data center with Jyn and K-2SO. After K-2SO sacrifices himself, Jyn and Cassian obtain the schematics, but they are ambushed by Krennic, who shoots Cassian. However, Andor recovers and shoots and wounds Krennic before Jyn successfully transmits the plans to the Rebel forces in orbit. The Death Star then fires upon the planet, killing Cassian and Jyn as they embrace.

Related works and merchandising[edit]

Cassian appears in the film novelization of Rogue One by Alexander Freed.[9] He also appears in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a virtual reality experience produced by ILMxLAB and The VOID for the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World; Diego Luna reprises his role as Cassian to provide mission briefings and deliver orders throughout the experience.[10]

Andor[edit]

Luna is set to reprise his role as Andor in a live-action "spy thriller" series for Disney+, which began production in November 2018[11] and was set to begin filming in June 2020,[12] but the filming date was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13] On August 7, 2020, Luna disclosed, "slowly we're going back, but there's no rush."[14] According to Luna, his character will appear younger in the series,[12] which is set five years before Rogue One.[15] Genevieve O'Reilly will reprise her role as Mon Mothma, and the series is also set to feature Stellan Skarsgård, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Adria Arjona.[16][17][18] Filming ultimately began in December 2020 in London, United Kingdom.[19]

Reception[edit]

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times praised Luna's "flinty charisma",[20] but Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post wrote that "the fey, soft-spoken Luna is particularly ill-suited to play a rakish man of adventure".[21] Praising Felicity Jones in the role of Jyn Erso, Chris Nashawaty wrote in Entertainment Weekly, "I wish Luna had a little more personality, a little more Han Solo swagger, to match her."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Breznican, Anthony (March 20, 2017). "Rogue One alternate ending revealed: A lifesaving escape". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b McMillan, Graeme (December 20, 2016). "'Rogue One': What Was the Original Ending of the Movie?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 13, 2015). "Star Wars: Rogue One: Diego Luna Joins Felicity Jones in Lead Role". Variety. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (April 5, 2017). "Star Wars: 8 Interesting Things We Learned About the Making of Rogue One". IGN. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Siegal, Lucas (December 8, 2016). "Star Wars: Diego Luna and Kathleen Kennedy Explain Importance of Diversity in Rogue One". ComicBook.com. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Watkins, Gywnne (March 6, 2017). "How Diego Luna Gave the 'Rogue One' Spanish Dub a Helping Hand". Yahoo!. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Trivino, Jesus (December 15, 2016). "Diego Luna Talks Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". Latina. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Spindler, Colin (January 30, 2017). "Rogue One Characters With More Meaning Than You Realize". Looper.com.
  9. ^ Osborn, Alex (December 20, 2016). Star Wars: Rogue One Novel Features New Scenes. IGN. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  10. ^ Shanley, Patrick (January 5, 2018). "What the Star Wars VR Experience at Downtown Disney Is Really Like". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Lucasfilm (November 8, 2018). "Cassian Andor Live-Action Series Announced". Star Wars.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Fullerton, Huw (November 27, 2019). "When is the Star Wars Rogue One prequel on Disney+?". Radio Times. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  13. ^ Venable, Nick (March 30, 2020). "How Far Disney+'s Cassian Andor Star Wars Show Got Before Coronavirus Shutdown". CinemaBlend. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  14. ^ City, Euan McKirdy in Mexico (August 7, 2020). "'I've benefited from a racist system': Diego Luna on Amazon's Pan y Circo". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  15. ^ Agar, Chris (April 25, 2020). "Star Wars: Rogue One TV Show Timeline Officially Confirmed". ScreenRant. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin; Otterson, Joe (April 16, 2020). "Disney Plus 'Rogue One' Spinoff Adds Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  17. ^ "New Casting Announced for Cassian Andor Live-Action Series". StarWars.com. April 24, 2020. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 10, 2020). "Disney+'s 'Star Wars' Spinoff Series 'Rogue One' Sets Adria Arjona To Co-Star With Diego Luna". Deadline. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  19. ^ Paz, Maggie Dela (December 4, 2020). "Cassian Andor: Diego Luna Confirms Disney+ Series Has Begun Filming". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on December 5, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  20. ^ Chang, Justin (December 13, 2016). "Rogue One adds an uneven but thrilling wrinkle to the mythology of Star Wars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  21. ^ Hornaday, Ann (December 13, 2016). "Rogue One doesn't offer much joy, but Star Wars fans will enjoy it anyway". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  22. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (December 19, 2016). "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 24, 2016.

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