- "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 codename Fulcrum, was a human male soldier, pilot and Intelligence officer who served in the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars and later, with the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Andor was a skilled operative, working as a spy and an assassin, performing many missions for the Alliance. By 0 BBY, Andor was a captain for Alliance Intelligence and was assigned to assist in Operation Fracture, which was to extract an Imperial scientist, Galen Walton Erso, who had given a message to a cargo pilot, Bodhi Rook, who was defecting from the Empire to give the rebels information about a secret Imperial superweapon. Andor, with the help of his droid companion, K-2SO, and Galen's daughter Jyn Erso, who the rebels had rescued from an Imperial prison to help with the mission, recovered Rook and learned of the Death Star. When Alliance High Command rejected Jyn's plea to steal the Death Star plans from an Imperial installation on Scarif, Andor assembled a team of soldiers willing to act against High Command. He and Jyn then led the Rebel team on a rogue mission to Scarif, intending to steal the plans themselves. Although the mission was a success, Andor perished along with the rest of the team in the battle at the hands of the dreaded battle station.
- "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
- "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
Cassian proposed a mission to General Davits Draven to recover some Imperial protocols. Draven suggested that Cassian take the twins Kertas and Rismor, who were renowned for their skill in gathering Imperial intelligence. However, the twins did not speak much, as they conversed via smell. The team traveled 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 to find an abandoned Imperial Cruiser. Unfortunately, someone spotted them entering the tunnels and stormtroopers began looking by the entrance on the cameras. While they were hurriedly 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, so Cassian decided to distract one of the security droids, K-2SO, and 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
- "Wookiee rescue was absolutely not in the briefing."
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.
The road to Rogue One
Ring of Kafrene
Andor was dispatched on a mission to the Ring of Kafrene where he met Tivik—a Rebel informant from Saw Gerrera's Partisans—in section nine. Through Tivik, Andor learned that the Empire had built a superweapon which his informant described as a planet killer. As he continued to try to coax information out of Tivik, two stormtroopers advanced towards them. The stormtroopers had become suspicious of the exchange and demanded to see scandocs. Cassian feigned awkwardness, but quickly drew a blaster pistol and gunned down the two troopers. Another trooper noticed the incident and called for reinforcements to Section 9. Realizing their clandestine meeting location was also a dead end, Cassian deduced the quickest escape path was to climb out. Tivik knew he would be unable to escape the area because of his injured arm. He became angry that their cover had been blown. Andor calmed Tivik, before shooting him in the back. Cassian stowed his pistol in his belt, left the bodies, and climbed away before more stormtroopers could arrive.
A new mission
Andor was then stationed at the Rebel base on Yavin 4 when Jyn Erso, an Imperial prisoner and former associate of Saw who had just been freed from Wobani, arrived at the base. During a briefing with Mon Mothma, a leader of the Rebel Alliance, General Draven, and Erso, Andor explained that Saw had a prisoner, an Imperial pilot who defected as the behest of Erso's father, Galen, claiming that the Empire was building a superweapon with the power to destroy planets. Erso joined the mission, which Andor led, due to her connection with Saw offering a way to meet with him. As Erso got aboard Andor's U-wing, LMTR-20, Andor was pulled aside by Draven, who told him to keep an eye on Erso due to her reckless and potentially volatile nature as well as to kill Galen Erso instead of capture him. When Cassian returned, he attempted to confiscate the blaster that Erso had armed herself with, but ultimately allowed her to keep it. They then departed to the planet Jedha.
Mission to Jedha
Once he, Jyn, and K-2SO landed outside of Jedha City, he and Jyn left K2 with the ship and proceeded towards the Temple of the Kyber, where they would contact one of Gerrera's Partisans and request a meeting with him. Going to his various sources, the two got stuck in the middle of Tythoni Square, where an Imperial patrol was ambushed by the Partisans, attacking and causing heavy casualties on both sides. When the Imperial TX-225 GAVw "Occupier" combat assault tank destroyed a building with several of the Partisans still inside, Andor shot and killed the tank commander. However, when Jyn took cover behind the tank as more stormtroopers arrived, Andor then fired on a Partisan that was about to throw a grenade at the tank, which would have killed Jyn, an act that was noticed by the other Partisans. When the last troopers were eliminated, the Partisans advanced and looted the tank of the stolen kyber. However, Imperial reinforcements, including an AT-ST, soon arrived. As the fight continued, the two escaped and ran into K-2SO. However, the two were then mistaken for his prisoners and were detained by troopers.
Just then, Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus stepped in, defeating the entire group of troopers. However, as Andor and his new companions were then immediately captured by Saw's forces, with their leader, Benthic, noting that Andor had killed one of their own. They were taken to Saw's hideout outside the city. While imprisoned, he found the Imperial pilot, Bodhi Rook, 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.
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, with Cassian preventing Jyn from joining them. However, before he departed, he put his weapon in the sniper configuration, which K2 would notice and cause Jyn, Chirrut, and Baze to later follow them.
When they reached a vantage point with a view of the landing pad, Cassian sent Rook leave to find a ship to escape with. When Rook asked what Cassian would be doing, he sent Rook on his way without offering an explanation. 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, the Rebellion's Blue Squadron came and attacked the facility. The squadron had been launched by Draven when he lost contact with Cassian following their crash. Rebel X-wings bombed the platform, killing Galen in the process. He made his way to the platform and rescued Jyn, who had ascended the platform to find her father herself, and the group left on a stolen Zeta-class Heavy Cargo Shuttle and returned to Yavin 4.
As they proceeded back to base, an angry and sorrowful Jyn confronted Cassian, telling him that she had figured out that he was planning on killing her father. Although Cassian reminded her that he had even chance to pull the trigger and did not, Jyn retorted that he may as well have since he ended up being killed by Alliance forces. Cassian quickly grew angry and her accusations and reminded her that he had been in the fight for much longer than she had and that she was not the only one that had lost everything doing so.
Battle of Scarif
- "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 began assembling a squad of Rebel assassins, mercenaries, and soldiers to go against the wishes of Rebel Command and fight on Scarif to retrieve the plans. Meeting Jyn in the hangar, Andor confessed that neither he or the rebels he gathered could live with themselves if they turned back now. Together, they took the stolen Imperial shuttle and left for Scarif, with Rook piloting. Rook was able to use Imperial clearance codes to pass the Shield Gate that protected the planet and steered the shuttle to landing pad nine. There, Andor gave command of the troops to Sergeant Ruescott Melshi, instructing them to place explosives around the landing sites that surrounded the Citadel Tower. Meanwhile, after ambushing a trio of Imperials who came aboard to inspect their ship, Andor joined Jyn in stealing their uniforms, dressing as an Imperial officer, and infiltrating the facility with K-2SO.
Inside, K-2 accessed another droid to find a map to reach the plans. When they neared the area where the plans were kept, Andor was contacted by Melshi, who told him that the soldiers outside were ready to go. Andor gave the command to blow the charges, and a widespread firefight began outside as a full garrison on Imperial troops were deployed to fight the invaders. Meanwhile, as Andor and Jyn attempted to retrieve the plans, a group of stormtroopers arrived and discovered that K-2, who was left outside to watch, was an enemy. K-2 sealed Andor and Jyn inside to protect them and sacrificed himself in a fight against several stormtroopers.
As troopers began to attempt to breach the doors, Andor and Jyn decided to retrieve the plans by hand instead of using the mechanism and began to climb to reach them. When Krennic made his way inside, he shot Andor, who fell as Jyn continued to climb upwards to escape through a hatch. Andor survived and limped his way after Jyn, who had ascended to the top of the citadel to transmit the plans to the rebel fleet that had arrived over Scarif. After Jyn avoided a TIE, she was about to transmit the plans when Krennic arrived again. However, before he could kill Jyn, Andor saved her and shot Krennic, wounding him and escaping with Jyn.
He and Jyn beamed the plans to the fleet and went back to the beach where many of their rebel comrades lay dead. As they knelt on the sand, they watched as the Death Star fire at Scarif and destroy 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.
After Rogue One transmitted the plans to their fellow rebels, the intel was used to eventually destroy the station at the Battle of Yavin. Years after that, as the Galactic Civil War wore on, Luke Skywalker, the pilot who had destroyed the Death Star, named a new starfighter group Rogue Squadron in honor of Andor's team.
Personality and traits
- "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 chose 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.
- "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. On Jedha and Eadu he used a Blue-colored coat with fur lining.
On the Ring of Kafrene, Andor killed Tivik and a pair of stormtroopers with a concealed sidearm. He used the same weapon to kill Krennik during the Battle of Scarif.
Behind the scenes
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.
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Notes and references
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- "The Heroes of Rogue One" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- 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 (2017) 3
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars (2015) 52
- Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills
- Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier