Exclusive: Andor Stars Diego Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly on Star Wars Prequel, Rebellion & More

The Star Wars universe has taken an intriguing course of expansion with a plethora of shows ranging from The Mandalorian to Obi-Wan Kenobi. So far, the titles have sparked similarities, and it seems the demand for a rich new approach has been heard. Enter Andor! The latest show to join the Star Wars catalog on OTT brings Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) back. Set five years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the long-awaited prequel series gives us the backstory of the rebel hero. The result is a grounded and nuanced narrative about ordinary people who have taken over the Empire. Although it builds on what we saw in the 2016 film, it takes a foray into the unexpected and unveils a watch that is utterly fascinating.

Besides Diego Luna, the show created by Tony Gilroy also marks the return of Mon Mothma by Geneviève O’Reilly. In an interview with Filmfare, the Andor stars talked about re-investigating their characters, the rebellion and more.

When asked to step back to re-examine what makes Cassian Andor tick, Diego Luna, who fans will remember from Dirty Dancing 2, watched Rogue One. He explained: “I wrote a backstory for myself. Every time you play a role and prepare for it, you create a little story about where they came from – which triggers this line or that action. Now we have to do it again but this time in a collaboration that was fantastic. I was always very aware of what I was thinking at the time and how close or not those decisions were and to be honest it’s very clear now. It’s very close to what we’re doing now which is lovely. I have a really strong connection with Andor and I like his way of thinking and I think I understand his way of thinking. And I trust creator Tony Gilroy so much. That’s why when he was telling me the story and what happened when Cassian was a kid, I was like yeah, that’s fantastic. It has to do with the story I did. I mean, at least in substance, it’s very similar. D.

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We already know how Cassian’s story ends and Luna is convinced that making a prequel comes with a unique set of challenges yes, but also opportunities. “It’s been a very interesting process to see how far back you can go and how hard you can make it for someone to get to the point where you meet them in Rogue One. And there’s a lot going to happen in this story. You won’t believe where he ends up, that’s the idea. We get as far away as possible from this man we met in Rogue One. It was a big challenge.

He added: “You never start working on a show like that. You always think how crazy the ending can be. But here it’s different. It’s like how hard can you complicate the someone’s access if we already know where they are. We already know what they are capable of, but the point is how they will find out they are capable of it. That’s where the real story lies. .

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Genevieve O’Reilly reflected on how Star Wars politics (and the real world) has changed over the years. Speaking about the realistic tone of the show, she said, “Well, I think Tony Gilroy, our writer and creator, was deeply interested in our world, in the stories of our world – politically what’s going on in our world. I think he’s written in the past in the spy genre about the intricacies of our world. I think you will see that even though it takes place on different planets and on a different galactic sphere. You will recognize many political themes. They are deeply human and I’m sure you’ll notice the things we’re struggling with right now. From my point of view and from my character’s point of view, how important is a space for a diplomatic voice? How important is diplomacy and how crucial is it to advocate for solutions to rebellions or war? I think without a doubt that over time, art and culture reflect our reality. We have this lens through which we see ourselves in our art and sci-fi storytelling and of course Andor is set in a Star Wars realm.

“But I think it’s deeply human and its threads are about the human condition and our navigating through many different cultures – different planets are metaphors for different people, aren’t they? I think it’s is how our evolving times are reflected in Andor, the Empire and the planets of Star Wars,” she added.

The Star Wars Andor series is currently on OTT.

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