- "Everything I did, I did for the Rebellion. And every time I walked away from something I wanted to forget, I told myself it was for a cause I believed in. A cause that was worth it. Without that, we're lost. Everything we've done would have been for nothing. I couldn't face myself if I gave up now."
- ―Cassian Andor vows to accompany Jyn Erso to Scarif
Cassian Jeron Andor, also known by the aliases Willix, Aach, Joreth Sward, and the title Fulcrum, was a human male soldier, pilot and Intelligence officer who served in the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars and then the Alliance to Restore the Republic during Operation Fracture and the Galactic Civil War. Andor joined a Rebel mission to steal the plans of the Death Star, a superweapon built by the Galactic Empire. Although the mission was a success, Andor perished along with the rest of Rogue One.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
- "Suddenly the Rebellion is real for you? Some of us live it. I've been in this fight since I was six years old! You're not the only one who lost everything. Some of us just decided to do something about it."
- ―Cassian Andor to Jyn Erso
Cassian Jeron Andor was a human male who was born on the planet Fest in 26 BBY to a father and mother. During the Clone Wars, Andor joined an insurrectionist cell backed by the Confederacy of Independent Systems that operated in the wilds of the Outer Rim Territories and fought against the Galactic Republic. Andor saw his first combat experience in this cell as a child soldier in 20 BBY by tossing rocks and bottles at Republic walkers and clone troopers. Sometime during the Clone Wars, when Andor was still young, Andor's father was killed at the Carida Academy during a protest against the expansion of Republic militarism.
Serving the rebellion[edit | edit source]
- "Rebellions are built on hope."
- ―Cassian Andor
Prior to 0 BBY, Andor joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic after being recruited by General Davits Draven. Holding the rank of captain, Andor served as an officer in the Alliance's Intelligence branch.
A veteran spy of the Rebellion, Andor maintained a network of contacts throughout the galaxy who kept him informed about the activities of the Galactic Empire. Throughout his career as an intelligence agent, Andor worked undercover and used several aliases. While working as a government agent on Ord Mantell, Andor went by the name Willix. As a senatorial contact on Darknell, he was Aach. Andor used the name Joreth Sward when he was an assistant to Admiral Grendreef. Andor also used the code name Fulcrum when he worked as a Rebel recruiter in the Albarrio sector.
Mission to Wecacoe[edit | edit source]
Cassian proposed a mission to General Davits Draven to recover some imperial protocols. He suggested that Cassian the twins Kertas and Rismor, who were renown for gathering Imperial intelligence. However, the twins did not speak much, as they conversed via smell. went to Wecacoe to undertake the mission in the Colonies. The world was a backwater, and therefore the team expected limited stormtrooper presence. Upon finding the facility guarded by swarms of KX-series security droids and troopers, Cassian thought about how Rebel Command would have wanted him to turn back, but he continued on to not end up empty handed. The team slipped into a Sewage pipe and entered the Storage facility 47 to find an abandonded Imperial Cruiser. Unfortunately someone must have spotted them entering the tunnels because stormtroopers were looking by the entrance on the cameras. Andor hurried the twins. While they were searching for data, Cassian looked for another way out. Suddenly, an alarm rang out and the team had to run. There were too many troops along the perimeter and so Cassian decided to distract K-2SO and to then shut him down. The droid pinned him, but then the twins shut him down and removed his memory. K-2SO escorted the spies to their ship, but they were soon intercepted by stormtroopers. When they arrived at their ship, they found it surrounded by troopers. Both of the twins ran off, telling him that K-2 had all the info they needed. Suddenly, their ship exploded. Cassian realized that he had to get rid of the base programming to have the droid as an ally, and deleted the last memories. The pair than ran to a ship and hijacked it. Then, Cassian took the droid back to ship to learn the new imperial security protocols.
Mission to the F'tzner system[edit | edit source]
Following this, Andor and K-2SO were sent to the F'tzner system to undertake a raid on an Imperial freighter. Andor used gas to trick the Empire into thinking that smugglers stole the cargo as smugglers were known to use gas to raid transports. When they got to the cargo room, they found three Wookiees named D'Koetaa, D'Lylaa, and Wyhyatt, and took them instead of the cargo. Andor then took them to the monastery moon of Charissia in the Bartahn sector. There, he left K-2SO to look after the three Wookiees while he undertook a raid.
Ring of Kafrene[edit | edit source]
Andor was dispatched on a mission to the Ring of Kafrene where he met Tivik, a Rebel informant from Saw Gerrera's partisans. Through Tivik, Andor learned that the Empire had built a superweapon which his informant described as a planet killer. During the meeting, Andor killed two stormtroopers who had become suspicious of the exchange. He was also forced to execute Tivik, who was unable to escape the area because of an injured arm, before more stormtroopers could arrive and capture him.
Andor was then stationed at the Rebel base on Yavin 4 when Jyn Erso was assigned by Mon Mothma, a leader of the Rebel Alliance, to take part in what became the theft of the Death Star plans. During the mission, Andor was assigned to keep an eye on Erso due to her reckless and potentially volatile nature and was given a secret mission to kill Galen Erso in an attempt to stop the development of the Death Star.
Mission to Jedha[edit | edit source]
Once he, Jyn, and K-2SO landed on Jedha, he and Jyn left to find Gerrera and his rebels. Going to his various sources, the two got stuck in the middle of a battle between the Imperials and Saw's rebels, the Partisans, during which he took out a man from the group in an attempt to save Jyn. As the fight continued, the two escaped and ran into K-2SO. The two were then mistaken for his prisoners and were detained but were saved by Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, only to be captured by Saw's forces for killing one of their own. While imprisoned, he found the Imperial pilot, Bodhi, and asked him of the location of Jyn's father. Shortly afterward, the destruction of Jedha City caused the Partisans to flee, letting him escape with Îmwe, Malbus, Rook, and Jyn.
Eadu[edit | edit source]
The group arrived on Eadu, where they crashed attempting to avoid Imperial detection. Cassian and Rook left so that he could get in position to take out Galen and then had Rook leave to find a ship to escape with. He then watched a meeting between Galen and Director Orson Krennic. After missing several opportunities to take him out, Cassian realized there was more to the situation than what met the eye. He decided there must be another way. However, a strike force from the Rebellion came and attacked the facility, killing Galen in the process. He then went and rescued Jyn and the group leaves on a stolen Zeta-class Heavy Cargo Shuttle to Yavin 4.
Battle of Scarif[edit | edit source]
- "Make ten men feel like a hundred."
- ―Cassian Andor to Rogue One
Jyn tried to convince the alliance to attack Scarif in order to retrieve the plans to the Death Star, but it failed. Knowing this would happen, Cassian assembled a squad of Rebel assassins, mercenaries, and soldiers to fight on Scarif and retrieve the plans. Together, they all took the stolen Imperial shuttle and left for Scarif. At landing, Jyn and Cassian took the uniforms of two Imperial men and snuck into the base. They reached the area where the plans were kept, while a battle occurred outside as a distraction. During the attempt, K-2SO sacrificed himself by locking them in the facility to avoid their deaths by stormtroopers.
The two of them then broke out and stole the plans, only to be met by Krennic and his death troopers, where they fought and Cassian was knocked unconscious. He later saved Jyn from Krennic by blasting him. He and Jyn beamed the plans to the fleet and went to the beach, where they watched as the Death Star destroyed the base. Cassian told Jyn that her father would be very proud of her. The two then accepted their fate and shared a final embrace before they were killed in the resulting blast.
Personality and traits[edit | edit source]
- "Does he look like a killer?"
"No. He has the face of a friend."
- ―Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus
Andor was a human male with brown hair, brown eyes, and light skin. A man with striking good looks, Andor used his handsomeness to lure in the unsuspecting during his service as a Rebel spy. He was a committed, steady, practical, and by-the-book intelligence officer with a fair amount of combat experience. Andor often kept quiet and reserved, a trait he had acquired due to his experience in war. Although fighting on the side of the Rebel Alliance, he'd been hardened by war to the point that he did not hesitate to commit morally questionable acts when necessary. However, Cassian is shown to still feel some degree of remorse and regret after some of this events, for example, when he had to execute Tivik during the mission to the Ring of Kafrene.
In a briefing to Commander Mon Mothma, General Draven described Andor as "one of the most capable agents within Rebel Intelligence," with the ability to handle a wide range of missions, from reconnaissance to assassination and sabotage. Draven also said that Andor was capable of analyzing intelligence and acting on that intelligence without the need to contact superiors. Draven indicated that, since Andor worked for the rebellion since childhood, that the Alliance was like his family and that his loyalty was unwavering. Mothma, however, worried about the terrible things Andor and other Rebel agents were asked to do in the name of the Rebellion. Mothma wondered if the command was doing enough to help agents like Andor to cope with the psychological damage inflicted by their actions.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- "His weapon was in the sniper configuration."
- ―K-2SO on Cassian Andor's A280-CFE blaster
As a member of the Rebellion, Andor wore a brown Corellian-cut field jacket that depicted his military rank and also held a personal identifier transponder that concealed a suicide pill. He also wore brown military fatigues and wielded an BlasTech A280-CFE blaster, a modular blaster pistol that could be reconfigured into an assault rifle or sniper rifle. As an auxiliary concealed sidearm Cassian also used a small and slim sporting blaster. Due to his years of law-bending, Andor had honed his escapology skills as he carried a compact security kit hidden inside one of his boots.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Cassian Jeron Andor, portrayed by Diego Luna, is a character created and developed for the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna's casting in the film was first announced on August 15, 2015. At this time, the first photo of the character was released, and the first footage of the character was shown in the Rogue One teaser trailer on April 7, 2016.
Luna spoke with his natural Mexican accent while playing Andor. After Rogue One's release, Luna shared a story from a fan who took her Mexican father to see the film because of his accent, which he said made him emotional.
Luna will reprise the role of Andor for the upcoming television series Star Wars: Andor, to be released on Disney+. Production began in late November of 2020. The logo, title, and a behind the scenes video for the series was revealed on December 10, 2020 at a Disney investors meeting.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- LEGO Star Wars Movie Short: Star Wars: Rogue One As Told By LEGO
- LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars – "The Good Stuff!" (In flashback(s))
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 56 (Weapons & Uniforms: Rogue One Commandos)
- Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation
- Rogue One - Cassian & K-2SO Special 1
- "Tales from Wild Space: Adventures in Wookiee-Sitting"—Star Wars Adventures 3
- Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills
- Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
- Derschowitz, Jessica (2017-01-04). Diego Luna 'got emotional' over fan story about diversity in Rogue One. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved on May 20, 2017.