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Andor Reportedly Set to Include Return of Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera

Few details have been announced about Disney Plus’ upcoming Cassian Andor prequel series since it was confirmed in December. Diego Luna will star in the show, reprising his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role as the titular Rebel agent. Now, it seems that the actor will be joined by one of his co-stars from the 2016 spin-off. Forest Whitaker will reprise his Rogue One role as the resistance fighter Saw Gerrera in the Andor series, per The Playlist.

Whitaker’s involvement in the series was revealed by Star Wars: Andor cast member Stellan Skarsgård during an interview with Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio. The actor revealed that he had shot a scene opposite Whitaker, confirming rumors that Whitaker had been seen on the show’s set.

Star Wars: Andor will take place five years before the events of Rogue One, exploring the history of Andor’s operations in the Rebel Alliance. Saw Gerrera was first seen in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and later appeared in Star Wars: Rebels. Rogue One’s portrayal of Gerrera hinted at a falling-out between the character and the Rebel Alliance due to his more radical methods of resistance.

So far, Luna and Whitaker are the only two Rogue One cast members attached to the upcoming prequel series. Alan Tudyk confirmed that he would not reprise his role as the wise-cracking droid K-2SO in January.

Alongside Luna, Whitaker, and Skarsgård, Star Wars: Andor will also star Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly. The production is being led by showrunner Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote and oversaw reshoots on Rogue One. The twelve-episode series is to premiere on Disney Plus sometime in 2022.

In our review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IGN gave the film a 9, saying it offered “a remarkable recreation of the original Star Wars’ world, while exploring the universe from a different, edgier perspective.”


J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.

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