“It’s a very paranoid world we live in.” That’s how showrunner Tony Gilroy begins to describe the upcoming Star Wars series Andor, based around the early adventures of Diego Luna’s Rogue One hero.
The 12-episode show is set to launch on Disney+ later this summer. For our most recent cover story, “Star Wars: The Rebellion Will Be Televised,” both Gilroy and Luna spoke with Vanity Fair about their new take on the intrepid Rebel agent. In this bonus story, the two reveal new details (including how the Rebel political leader Mon Mothma intersects with her future top spy) while also correcting a few rumors about the show that have circulated among the fans.
For instance, don’t expect Alan Tudyk’s blunt-speaking droid, K-2SO. “We don’t have Alan Tudyk,” Gilroy confirms. “Not yet, anyway.” But fear not. Prep for a second season is already underway, and the story of how Cassian Andor met that former Imperial battle droid may be told then. “It is a second season, but it’s really, for me, the second half of the novel,” Gilroy says. “This first season is about him becoming a revolutionary, and the second 12 episodes take him into Rogue One.”
They also say the series will make Star Wars obsessives reevaluate key tenets they have come to believe—all while trying to draw in fans who aren’t as well versed in galactic history.