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Andor Show Image Reveals First Look At New Star Wars Character

An Andor image reveals the first look at a new Star Wars character played by Harry Potter‘s Kathryn Hunter in the upcoming Disney+ show. A prequel to Rogue One, Andor is set five years before the events of the spinoff film and follows the cunning thief-turned-spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebel Alliance. Tony Gilroy, who oversaw Rogue One‘s reshoots, now serves as showrunner on the series.

Diego Luna returns the lead the Andor cast as the titular thief whose homeworld is destroyed by the Galactic Empire. Other than Luna, also reprising their roles from Rogue One are Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma and Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. The Star Wars series is set to introduce swaths of new characters, such as Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael, Fiona Shaw as Maarva, Adria Arjona as Kleya, Denise Gough as Imperial officer Dedra Meero, and Kyle Soller as the villain Syril Karn. Andor‘s Disney+ premiere date is a little over a month away and there are still many actors whose roles have not yet been revealed.


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Now, an image courtesy of Total Film magazine (via Games Radar), reveals the first look at a new character in Andor played by Hunter. During an interview with the magazine, Soller reveals that Hunter is playing Eedy Karn, the mother of his character, Syril, who is instrumental in his upbringing. Check out the first look at the mother and son together below:

Hunter is a celebrated stage actor known for productions of Shakespeare, recently portraying the Three Witches in Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. However, Hunter should be recognizable to general audiences for her role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Arabella Figg, a Squib living undercover as a Muggle who is assigned by Dumbledore to surreptitiously watch over Harry while at home. Hunter hasn’t starred in a major franchise since Harry Potter, and she will now be making the jump to Star Wars, similar to Domhnall Gleeson and Natalia Tena.

Syril serves as one of the main antagonists in Andor who is obsessed with squashing any signs of rebellion and hunting down Cassian. Based on Soller’s comments, it sounds like Syril, like many villains, is driven mainly by his background, as he grew up without a father and was raised by “the stage mother from hell.” Star Wars is ultimately a family drama, so it’s only fitting the mother-son duo of Syril and Eedy will play pivotal roles in Andor.

Source: Total Film (via Games Radar)

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