During the Empire's reign of tyranny, Cassian served in the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire as a veteran spy. He maintained a network of contacts throughout the galaxy who kept him up to date on the Galactic Empire's activities. Sometime during his career, Cassian was stationed at the Rebel base on Yavin 4 when Jyn Erso was assigned by Mon Mothma to take part in the theft of the Death Star plans. During the mission, Cassian was assigned to keep an eye on Jyn due to her reckless and potentially volatile nature. He is an accomplished Alliance Intelligence officer with combat field experience, who commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.
Cassian is a committed, steady and practical by-the-book intelligence officer with a fair amount of combat experience. He often keeps quiet and reserved, a trait he has acquired due to his experience in war.
- Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Cassian is extremely skilled in unarmed combat.
Role in the film
Captain Cassian Andor appears on the Ring of Kafrene, receiving a message of a defector from the Empire. He is forced to shoot the spy after he attacks a Stormtrooper patrol investigating the fuss, and escapes.
Andor is later seen on Yavin 4, where he helps to recruit Jyn Erso, informing her of the message that her father had sent. They travel to Jedha to seek out Saw Gerrera, who was a good friend of Galen and might have more information about the Death Star plans. After they are kidnapped by Saw's rebels after an encounter with Stormtroopers, he manages to find the defecting pilot whilst in prison. He escapes with K-2SO, Jyn, Chirrut, Baze and Bodhi as Jedha is destroyed by the Death Star superlaser.
They travel to Eadu to seek out Galen Erso, where he seeks to complete his mission to assassinate him. He fails to pull the trigger, and rescues Jyn as the Imperial refinery is attacked by Rebel fighters. Jyn criticizes him for his intention to kill her father, which he refutes as he did not shoot him and was only following orders.
After Jyn's failure to sway the Rebel Alliance to help them, Andor shows his support for her and recruits the remainder of Saw's rebels. They travel to Scarif, where he, Jyn and K-2SO disguise themselves and head to the data vault as the others distract the Empire. Jyn obtains the tape for the Death Star plans, but Director Krennic's arrival results in a shootout, where he is shot.
He is later shown to be alive, saving Jyn by shooting Krennic. Succeeding on their mission, he and Jyn watch on the shoreline as Scarif is destroyed by the Death Star superlaser, killing them both.