Andor Details Tease A Dark And Intense Adventure In New Vanity Fair Article

Andor Showrunner Teases Cassian's Arc And Ensemble Feel

New Andor Details from Vanity Fair tease a dark and intense adventure coming to Disney+

When Disney started pumping out Star Wars movies yearly, many fans were excited. However, the quality of Disney’s 5 Star Wars movies is a highly contentious discussion. Be that as it may, most fans agree that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is at least enjoyable. Many think of it as absolutely amazing. With that love known to Lucasfilm, a Disney+ series centered on Rogue One hero, Cassian Andor, was ordered. While it has been long assumed that this series would cover some of the dirty deeds Andor did, we now have confirmation of that, and many more details, from Vanity Fair’s interview with showrunner, Tony Gilroy and Andor himself, Diego Luna.

The Time And Setting

If you’ve seen Rogue One you know this series has to take place before that movie, and it does. It is set, mostly, five years before the events of Rogue One, but it will include flashbacks to a younger Andor facing the tyrannical growth of the Empire. Gilroy describes the first season setting:

“His adopted home will become the base of our whole first season, and we watch that place become radicalized,” Gilroy says. “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.”

So, that sounds intense. This was always my bigger interest over the Clone Wars. I love political crap and the rise of the Rebellion is something I don’t think has been covered enough. Even the old Expanded Universe told most of this time through the eyes of Han, Lando, or secondary characters. Consider this fan intrigued.

Andor From Rogue One 1

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Andor’s Dirty Hands

In Rogue One we learn that Cassian has done some dark stuff in the name of freedom. Hell, in the opening of the film, we see him kill an informant to tie up a potential loose end as he bugs out. However, just how dirty are these hands, and when did the blood start flowing in Cassian’s life? Talking about Cassian, Gilroy said:

“You know he’s been fighting since he was a child, right? He says that. You know he’s been a guerrilla fighter. You certainly know he’s been an assassin.” Gilroy added, “He’s morally complicated in a really dark way.”

Gilroy’s take on Cassian is built-in-part from discussions he had with Luna, who had created some backstory in his preparation for Rogue One. Luna exclaims excitement for use of his background material for Cassian Andor. As for the character in this series, Luna expresses adoration for the character’s journey:

“It’s the journey of a migrant, which to me is everything I come from. That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong. Not being able to be where you belong. That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and what you are willing to do.”

Luna also discusses how Andor is surviving in “dark times” and that he isn’t able to see “further than himself.”

Okay, now you can consider this fan officially excited. Politics, spies, and violence? Yes, please!

Mon Mothma

One of the other big characters for this series is Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly. O’Reilly played Mon Mothma in Rogue One. Gilroy explained that the cast is huge and Mon Mothma is important to it. Also, he talks about how she and Andor will interact:

“I have the sheet in front of me. I have 211 speaking parts in this show. There’s probably 75 people in there who really matter, and there’s at least a dozen seriously important characters that we’ll be carrying forward to the second [season.] It is a huge, orchestral, Dickensian ensemble cast, with Diego at the middle of it, and Genevieve at the middle of another part of it. They intersect. I’m not going to get into how they intersect. They do have an intersection—but they do not meet. They will not meet until the second half.”

This makes logical sense considering the character is the future leader of the rebellion. Mon Mothma was a huge player in the post Empire world of the EU, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she shows up in post Return of the Jedi series like The Mandalorian or Ahsoka.

There are a lot of other details in the article, and using a new private window, or VPN, usually helps you reset your “free” views on Vanity Fair. One interesting point made is how Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul relate to this series’ storytelling method.

What do you think of the Andor Details from Vanity Fair? Also, are you excited for the series? Let us know in the comments below!

SOURCE: Vanity Fair

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