‘Star Wars’: New ‘Andor’ trailer explores origins of rebel

Diego Luna returns to the “Star Wars” universe in “Andor,” a prequel to “Rogue One,” which was itself a prequel to “Episode IV: A New Hope.” At this point in the series, though, the rebellion is but a glint in a young Cassian Andor’s eye.
The newest trailer reveals a bit more about Andor’s evolution from common thief to galactic martyr and teases what viewers can expect from cast members Stellan Skarsgård, “Morbius” star Adria Arjona and Forest Whitaker, who reprises his role as the extremist Saw Gerrera.

When we re-meet Andor in the trailer, he has infiltrated the Empire (though it appears the Empire has first invaded his home planet), even donning a drab gray Imperial uniform.

“To steal from the Empire, you simply stroll in such as you belong,” Andor says in the trailer. “They cannot think about that somebody like me would ever get inside their home.”

A cloaked Skarsgård seems and encourages Andor to “give all of it to do one thing actual” — take down the Empire, perhaps? Whitaker, whose Gerrera has not yet been driven completely mad by loss and that slimy, mind-melting monster Bor Gullet, seems willing to go to war.

There are the requisite appearances of stormtroopers, TIE fighters and other menacing symbols of the Empire. We meet a ruthless officer of the Empire played by Denise Gough, watch Fiona Shaw’s unknown character shed a tear and catch a glimpse of the lavish life of Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), who, viewers know, will go on to lead a revolution.

Appearing on “Good Morning America” to introduce the brand new trailer, Luna told the hosts that his character begins his journey as a “common man” thrown into extraordinary circumstances, something viewers can relate to.

“It is the start of the origins of a revolution,” Luna said on Monday. “It reminds us what we’re able to — what we’re all able to.”

The first three episodes of “Andor” start streaming on September 21 — several weeks later than originally planned — on Disney+.