According to the latest from the Star Wars Vanity Fair article, Mon Mothma will have a major role in Andor. Plus the first story details have been revealed. Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly has only appeared briefly thus far in a supporting role within Rogue One. However, it seems Mon Mothma has a much larger role in this prequel show.
First though, the first story details from Tony Gilroy, head writer, creator, and showruuner on Andor.
Gilroy breathes deep and reveals a little more about Andor. “This guy gave his life for the galaxy, right? I mean, he consciously, soberly, without vanity or recognition, sacrificed himself. Who does that?” he asks. “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.” The story begins with the destruction of Andor’s birth world, then follows him into adulthood, when he realizes he can’t run forever. “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.” By journey’s end, Andor’s path will be to block theirs.
The show also focuses on the enigmatic Rebel leader Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly, who portrayed her as a young senator in Revenge of the Sith, then reprised the role in Rogue One. Mothma (then played by Caroline Blakiston) was the priestess-like figure in 1983’s Return of the Jedi who outlines weaknesses in the new Death Star, gravely intoning, “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” In Andor, her story will run parallel to the title character, whom we know will eventually become one of her key agents. “It is a huge, orchestral, Dickensian ensemble cast,” says Gilroy.
With the show being called Andor I don’t think there’s any doubt Diego Luna will have the most screen time. However I am interested to see more of O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, who ultimately was one of the leading founders of the Rebellion. By the time we meet Mon Mothma (for the first time) within Return of the Jedi she is established as the leader of the Rebellion. However the character outside of Rogue One has also appeared in animated form within Rebels. In Rebels, which is set pre-Andor (we think), Mothma is still a member of the Senate working against the Emperor in a political manner. Secretly though, Mothma is one of the fledgling Rebellion’s prominent leaders. One imagines we could see both sides of this coming with Mothma in the show? Though, all we have to go on for now is the text you read above.
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