Diego Luna says that the Star Wars: Andor series is “The Journey Of A Migrant” and will debut on Disney Plus in late summer
Look out Star Wars fans because Vanity Fair has peeled back the veil of secrecy and revealed new details about Star Wars: Andor. The long-awaited Rogue One prequel series will debut on Disney Plus this year. But until now, plot details have been in the clutches of the Bothan Spies and privy to just a few Lucasfilm creatives. However, thanks to an uncharacteristic move Lucasfilm has spilled the beans on every Star Wars project coming down the pike. And we mean EVERY project!
Aside from BIG revelations about Star Wars: Ahsoka, Acolyte, The Mandalorian Season 3, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the main focus of Vanity Fair’s bumper expose was Star Wars: Andor, which we are diving into here. So, strap yourself in and get ready for more Andor details than you can shake a Gaffi stick at!
Now confirmed to be landing on Disney Plus in late summer, Diego Luna has revealed that Andor is a spy thriller focused on the Rebellion five years before the events of Rogue One. And in a surprisingly open interview, the actor revealed more about the plot of the series.
“It’s the journey of a migrant. That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong. That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and what you are willing to do.”
The interview then moves on to showrunner Tony Gilroy who helmed the reshoots on Rogue One. And he dug a little deeper and talked about wanting to explore more about this character who sacrificed himself to save the galaxy.
“This guy gave his life for the galaxy, right? I mean, he consciously, soberly, without vanity or recognition, sacrificed himself. Who does that?. That’s what this first season is about. It’s about him being really revolution-averse, and cynical, and lost, and kind of a mess. His adopted home will become the base of our whole first season, and we watch that place become radicalized. Then we see another planet that’s completely taken apart in a colonial kind of way. The Empire is expanding rapidly. They’re wiping out anybody who’s in their way.”
The story of Andor commences with the destruction of Cassian’s birth world, Fest. And as his life as a refugee unfolds, he comes into contact with the leader of the fledgling Rebellion Mon Mothma. Once again, Genevieve O’Reilly returns to reprise her role from Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One. But in a move that will come as a surprise to many, her story will run parallel to the title characters. And Gilroy confirms that the series morphs into, what he calls a “huge, orchestral, Dickensian ensemble cast.”
It is worth noting, however, that Gilroy used the term “first season” when describing the series hinting that the show will be a multi-season affair like The Mandalorian. Which will be music to the ears of Rogue One Fans everywhere. Cassian’s backstory was vaguely touched upon during the 2016 blockbuster, so the chance to explore more is a tantalizing prospect, one that will delight fans everywhere.
Aside from Diego Luna and Genevieve O’Reilly, Star Wars: Andor stars Adria Arjona, Stellan Skarsgård, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw, and Robert Emms. Rumor has it that Forest Whitaker will even pop up to reprise his role as Saw Gerrera. But again, this has not been confirmed by any official source inside Lucasfilm. But given the character’s connection to the early Rebellion, and Cassian’s familiarity with Gerrera in Rogue One, I’d say it’s a safe bet we’ll see him return in one form or another.
Although Lucasfilm has committed to a tentative release window of late Summer 2022, no definitive date has been set in stone. So watch this space for the latest updates as they emerge. But expect to hear more about the show when the Lucasfilm panel gets underway at Star Wars Celebration next week.
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Source: Vanity Fair
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