Who should be in the Cassian Andor show: The Empire

One more look at who could possibly co-star in the Cassian Andor show, this time looking at the Imperials who might appear. To be completely honest, it’s going to be a no for most of these and honestly I think that’s more exciting – I like the idea of a new villain more than the recurrence of a familiar face and while from the Rebel side I think one or two recurring characters would be good, and possible essential, I don’t think the same can be said for the Empire.

Darth Vader

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As the Dark Lord himself said…Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! I do not think Vader should show up in the show. I know he has appeared in Rebels but his presence was warranted especially with the size of the Rebel action and the presence of Ahsoka. He is too big to have a minor role and I worry about not doing him justice in this format.

Orson Krennic

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While I could see it as a possibility I have to go for no. Krennic seems pretty obsessed with the Death Star project for a long time, which is only discovered by Cassian in Rogue One. It is possible he may have had some side projects which Cassian could have a hand in taking down, but they have a pretty long face to face moment and it seems clear they have never met before.

Galen Erso

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A more definite no for me. Galen is a top-level Imperial weapons researcher. The only way Cassian would interact with him is to try and kill him, which is pretty clear from Rogue One. Also again his entire work is focused on the Death Star, so Cassian following him and learning nothing about the project would just make him a bad spy.

Grand Moff Tarkin

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Again no. The process of re-creating him was experimental and expensive and I can’t see them recreating it for TV. Same goes for Motti, Tagge and other Imperials seen in A New Hope. They could re-cast but it seems more straightforward to go for new characters. I also looked into the Imperials shown in the visual guide but they’re all based on either the Death Star or Scarif which places them outside the scope of the show – unless they have an earlier posting elsewhere.


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Palpatine is a potential, as any Imperial would potentially report back to him, but like Vader he’s too big of a character to have in a background role I feel.


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I’d love it – live action Thrawn would be a dream come true for so many of us. It would be cool to have Cassian tracking this rising star in the Empire, but without some kind of victory it would be hard for the series to have a satisfying resolution.

Hmm…this is getting very negative. I’m struggling to think of anyone else from the films and I’m not well versed enough in Rebels and the books, comics to know if names I’ve heard like Rae Sloane would fit into the timeline

Doctor Aphra

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I know there’s a lot of clamour for this character to transition to screen. I enjoyed her introduction in the comics and I could see her making a decent one-off appearance as a shady contact.

OK, I’m struggling here. Basically my conclusion is that our most likely option is to get a completely new character when it comes to the main antagonist, but I had a quick look into Legends too.

Ysanne Isard

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I think the Imperial Security Bureau, led by Ysanne ‘Iceheart’ Isard were such great antagonists in the X-Wing books that she would be well worth bringing back to Canon. Even if it was not necessarily her but have a similar character in the same role and have Imperial Intelligence with their resources compete with Cassian would certainly fit the ‘spy thriller’ mold.

OK and with that my well has run dry – please drop a comment and let me know if you agree, disagree or know of someone I’ve missed


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