Andor Showrunner explains why K-2SO is not appearing in the Star Wars Show

When the Stars Wars Disney+ series Andor premieres later this year, one grade away Rogue one prequel – Imperial droid K-2SO – will not be involved in the show. According to the main writer, there are various reasons for this.

“From a storytelling standpoint, there are several reasons,” head writer Tony Gilroy told critics at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday (via The Hollywood Reporter). “I’d say, ‘wait and see.’ It’s a story we’re eager to tell. It’s hard to carry an Imperial droid around with you and not attract all kinds of attention. It’s a difficult piece of baggage. When we do it, we’re going to do it in a spectacular way 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.”

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Because of Andor takes place so much earlier than the events of Rogue one, the series writers are more focused on the journey of Andor’s life. According to star Diego Luna, it makes perfect sense why K-2SO wouldn’t be involved yet.

“We have five years [before the events in Rogue One]Luna said. “If he knew K2 then, there would be no journey to go through.”

Tony Gilroy also later added that the writing team knows how the series will end, noting that the show will lead directly into Rogue onecompleting the loop of the series and the film.

“Our final scene of the show, our 24th episode, will lead the audience right in Rogue one and straight into the first scene of Rogue one.”

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Andor is executive produced by Gilroy, who previously directed the remakes for Rogue one. Gilroy was originally expected to direct three episodes, but was forced to relinquish the position Black mirror‘s Toby Haynes due to pandemic-related travel issues.

The 2016 film was a critical and box office hit, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. It starred Luna, Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.

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