Andor creator Tony Gilroy has revealed not only that the second and final season of the Disney+ series will begin filming on November 21, but also that it would take us to Yavin on its way to connect with Rogue One.
Speaking to Collider, Gilroy confirmed Luthen Rael actor Stellan Skarsgård’s words that Season 2 of Andor would begin production in the later part of 2022. Furthermore, he confirmed the team would be back to work the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 21, and that he would fly to London to be there for the first shot of the season and then return home to celebrate the holiday.
Gilroy also confirmed that Ariel Kleiman (The Resort, Yellowjackets), Janus Metz (Borg vs. McEnroe, True Detective), and Alonso Ruizpalacios (Outer Range, Narcos: Mexico) would be part of the directing crew and that the season would once again be split into blocks like this first one. Kleiman will get the bulk of the work with six episodes, and the other six will be split between Metz and Ruizpalacios.
Gilroy’s brother Dan Gilroy and Beau Willimon will be returning to write on Season 2 alongside newcomer Tom Bissell who is, according to Gilroy, “a really cool and really, really interesting, versatile, really good writer. But also a very, very, very big Star Wars fan, which we really wanted to make sure we had another pro because we’re going into Rogue [One].”
We were also given a bit of a tease for Season 2, as Gilroy confirmed we’d be headed to a very important place in that galaxy far, far away.
“… and we’re going to Yavin, and then we’re going into places where we eventually need to really weave our way back to the source. So Tom came in, and he’s been great. So, he’s got some episodes too,” Gilroy said.
For those unfamiliar, the Yavin system, and specifically a moon in the system called Yavin 4, was a key location in the Galactic Civil War. The Battle of Yavin, which is also known as the Battle of the Death Star, was the battle in Episode IV where Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance secured a huge victory over the Empire by destroying a Death Star.
Yavin 4 was also the home of the Rebel Alliance before its headquarters was moved to the snowy planet of Hoth.
It’s previously been confirmed that Andor’s first season would take place over one year and that its second season would cover the four years leading up to Rogue One. Season 2 will, much like Season 1, consist of 12 episodes.
For more, check out our review of Episode 9 of Andor and our look at how the series is the story of “how a revolution starts,” how it brings a new level of maturity to Star Wars, and how it reveals the divided factions of the Rebel Alliance.
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