Ben Mendelsohn to Return as Orson Krennic in Andor Season 2

Ben Mendelsohn will return as the ‘Star Wars’ villain Orson Krennic in the second season of ‘Andor’. 

In an interview with The Playlist, Alonso Ruizpalacios, who will direct the final three episodes of ‘Andor’, said that filming the final three episodes was a treat, especially directing heavyweight actors like “Stellan Skarsgård, Forest Whitaker, and Ben Mendelsohn.”

At ACE Superhero Con, star Diego Luna teased “there will be characters that you will recognize” in the second season of ‘Andor’. 

“I can tell you, ‘Rogue One’ is coming, so there will be characters there that you will recognize. There will be cool stuff. For those who love ‘Rogue One,’ this season is going to be very special.”

Ariel Kleiman and Janus Metz will also direct episodes in the second season, with Tony Gilroy penning the first three episodes, his brother Dan Gilroy penning episodes four through six, Beau Willimon writing episode seven through nine, and newcomer Tom Bissell writing episodes 10 through 12.  

Orson Krennic is the architect of the Death Star, and was first introduced in the ‘Rogue One’ prequel novel ‘Catalyst’, before ‘Rogue One’ shortly after. 

Mendelsohn voiced Krennic in a cameo appearance in ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ season two.

It’s unclear what other familiar characters will appear in the second season, with three epiodes dedicated to a year in Andor’s life, spanning four years total. 

Other characters that might return include the reprogrammed Imperial Droid K-2SO voiced by Alan Tudyk, Galen Erso played by Mads Mikkelsen, or Bodhi Rook, played by Riz Ahmed. 

As ‘Andor’ takes place at the same time as ‘Star Wars: Rebels’, fans might see characters from that show make appearance, including heroes like Hera Syndulla and villains like Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

‘Andor’ season two currently has no release date, beyond a 2025 release on Disney+.

Kieran Burt

My name is Kieran and I am based in the UK. I love writing about all things science fiction and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Marvel. When I’m not writing or watching anything sci-fi related, you can probably find me exploring the open worlds of alternate lands through my Xbox.

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