With the Recent announcement of a live-action Rogue One prequel show, and with Diego Luna reprising his role as Cassian Andor, here’s everything you need to know about the Rebel Soldier.
Cassian Jeron Andor, also known by the aliases Willix, Aach, Joreth Sward, and the title Fulcrum, was a 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 super weapon built by the Galactic Empire. Although the mission was a success, Andor perished along with the rest of Rogue One.
“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 to Jyn Erso
Cassian was born on the planet Fest in 26 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin). 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.
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.
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 also unwillingly had 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 stationed on Yavin 4 when Jyn Erso was assigned by Mon Mothma, to take part in what became the theft of the Death Star plans. First of all, they needed to head to Jedha in an attempt to meet with Saw Gerrera as he contains information regarding Galen Erso and the Death Star. Alongside the main mission, Cassian was instructed to keep an eye on Jyn, due to her reckless and potentially volatile nature and was given a secret mission by General Draven to kill Galen Erso in an attempt to stop the development of the Death Star.
Once Cassian, 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 Imwe 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 afterwards, the destruction of Jedha City caused the Partisans to flee, letting him escape with Chirrut, Baze, Bodhi, and Jyn.
“Suddenly the Rebellion is real for you? Some of us live it!. I’ve been in this fight since I was six years old!” ―Cassian Andor to Jyn Erso
The group arrived on Eadu, where they crashed attempting to avoid Imperial detection. Cassian and Bodhi left so that he could get in position to take out Galen and then had Bodhi 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 cargo shuttle to Yavin 4.
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, however, 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.