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Andor is finally here on Disney+. Rouge One for some is arguably the best Star Wars film to come out post prequels. Unfortunately, those characters that we got to know in the film didn’t make it past the film. Leaving us wanting more from Jyn and Cassian Andor.
Now six years later we can at least get to know one of these characters much better in the new series from a new perspective. Andor brings to light the story of a quickly growing rebellion against the Empire. It depicts an era that is filled with danger, deception, and intrigue where our protagonist Cassian Andor will embark on his journey.
“It’s a potent moment in history. A lot of people are facing a lot of really difficult times and difficult decisions along the way. That’s what the show is about, the opportunity to do that on a large scale, on a big canvas, that’s why I’m here.” Said Tony Gilroy the showrunner, writer, and executive producer for the series during a recent press event LRM Online attended.
Diego Luna returns to play his character of Cassian Andor once again. For him, it’s about the journey that matters. What needed to happen for a revolution to emerge? What gives meaning in the life of someone to be willing to sacrifice everything for a cause? In that time of unrest, how does Cassian end up as the rebel fighter that he is in Rogue One?
In that character study, Luna also wanted to explore how far away from that familiar character one could go. This journey of discovery could end up being a source of inspiration for audiences.
“How far can someone be from learning he could be a tool of change? How far can you be from that and still find your way into acknowledging that you are capable of big stuff, you know? Like, I think it was that. It was like, how far can we find Cassian? You know, you see the guy in the first episode and you don’t see any possibility of that happening, you know. That to me gives me hope in the world we live in you know?” Said Luna.
By seeing Cassian Andor go through his journey, Luna hopes that audiences can realize that they are also capable of big things. Regardless of the hand that has been dealt to them, there is always that hope for change. Which in turn, could be a source of strength to be useful and bring change to the world.
“If that’s possible, anyone can do something, you know. We can all find what we are capable of and it’s about the reference. It’s about what we find and the people we meet in our journey.” Said Luna.
“Exploring that person and then finding a way to get the clarity of someone that suddenly starts believing. You know? That goes through a process of acknowledging that articulating something in community can give you enough strength to be useful and to bring change.” Continued Luna.
“It’s a story I would like to see as an audience. You know? Again, that’s why we have to be so real because it doesn’t matter if we pretend to be in a galaxy far, far away. This story matters today in the world we live in, you know. Otherwise, I wouldn’t care and I always saw this potential in this story.” Concluded Luna.
The early days of the Rebels in Star Wars is a great story to tell. As we have heard from Luna and Gilroy, it’s a time when people are being forced to make tough decisions about what is worth fighting for. Some like Cassian Andor are going to have to rise from the bottom to become key players in the battle of good versus evil.
Andor is available to stream exclusively on Disney+. This week will feature the release of three episodes, and then once a week every Wednesday.