Star Wars fans are excited about Disney+’s Rogue One prequel drama Andor, but one beloved character from the movie isn’t showing up anytime soon: Alan Tudyk’s acerbic Imperial droid K-2SO.
“From a storytelling point of view, there are multiple reasons,” head writer Tony Gilroy told critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “I would say, ‘Wait and see.’ It’s a story we are eager to tell. It’s difficult to carry an Imperial droid around with you and not draw all kinds of attention. It’s a difficult piece of luggage. When we do it, we’ll do it in a spectacular fashion as opposed to presenting it and ignoring it, or presenting it or hiding it, or the bad versions we would have been forced to do.”
“We have five years [before the events in Rogue One],” star Diego Luna said. “If he knew K2 back then there would be no journey to go through.”
“We’re starting him so far away from the person who would know how to — or be motivated to — reprogram an Imperial droid,” Gilroy added.
Gilroy also revealed the show’s master plan includes the debut season covering one year in Andor’s life and the second – and final – season will cover four years. “Our last scene of the show, our 24th episode, will walk the audience directly into Rogue One and directly into the first scene of Rogue One.”
That the audience already knows Andor’s fate in Rogue One isn’t a concern, the writer added.
“We’re all living in a prequel, we’re all gonna die,” he quipped. “You can watch a movie for the third time and even if you just saw it six months before … you’re invested in it if you love it.”
The 12-episode series will launch with a three-episode premiere on Sept. 21.