‘Andor’ is the ‘Star Wars’ Rebel Origin Story you’ve been waiting for

We are less than a month from Andor three-part Sept. 21 first on Disney Plus, when the early days of Star Wars’ dark knight rebellion will be revealed. The show takes place five years before the 2016 spinoff film Rogue Oneas the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Andor’s first season consisted of 12 episodes and ran until November, a the second time is 12 will lead directly to Rogue One (which will have a theatrical re-release this Friday). It was created by Tony Gilroy, who wrote Rogue One and said played a major role in the creation of the film.

Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor, the rebel fighter who plays a key role in getting the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance. At a virtual press junket attended by CNET ahead of the show’s release, the actor said he was “enthralled” by Cassian’s Rogue One line about fighting since he was 6 years old.

“What does that mean? He’s talking about a dark past, he’s talking about doing terrible things for the revolution – what’s he talking about?” said Luna. “There’s a lot there for us to play for. I’m very happy to be able to go on that trip. [in the show].”

When we meet Cassian in the new show, he is involved in a life of petty crime. That changes when he runs into smuggler Luthen Rael, played by Stellan Skarsgard (also seen in Marvel’s Thor movies).

They aren’t the only rebels the show explores. We’ve seen Mon Mothma, the Imperial senator who leads the Rebel Alliance, in Rogue One and Return of the Jedi (“Many Bothans died…”), but know little about her beyond that. Andor is created before it unites the scattered sites of the galaxy under one banner, and it is shown again about the construction at that time.

Mon Mothma is portrayed by Genevieve O’Reilly, who previously played the role in Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One and the CGI animated series. Rebels.

Mon Mothma is dismayed when she arrives at a beautiful home in Andor

The show will explore the years that Mon Mothma formed in the Rebel Alliance.

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“We meet Mon Mothma in a place we’ve never seen her before… ruling a male-dominated empire with a very powerful force. Emperor Palpatine over it,” O’Reilly said during the press event.

“Before, we saw her surrounded by various rebels. In Andor, we see her alone, living in a world of orthodoxy and construction – a woman who controls her thoughts and her beliefs in oppressive systems. … in the golden press. I’m glad for us to walk with her as women finding her voice.”

Andor isn’t about revolutionaries. On the other hand, we have villains like Imperial Security Bureau supervisor Dedra Meero, played by Star Wars newcomer Denise Gough (who recently appeared under the Banner of Heaven and voiced Yennefer in The Witcher 3). Dressed in a beautiful white dress with a snow pattern to match, she is determined to rise to the occasion.

Dedra Meero leads the death squads from an Imperial ship in Andor

Dedra Meero feels good as she leads the Imperial death squads into action.

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“Dedra was so proud of herself, working in this amazing company. I remember thinking how much she thought about that outfit – working for the Empire was all she wanted. want,” said Gough. “It just appeals to his meticulousness. And he wants to really make his mark.”

Between the two sides at the beginning of the show lies Syril Karn, a director who had a run in with Cassian. He is played by Kyle Soller, who you know from Fury and the adaptation of Anna Karenina in 2012. The actor found that he was attracted to the role by Gilroy’s script.

Syril Karn sees a hologram of Cassian Andor in Andor

“I’ve got you now, Cassian Andor!” That’s what goes through Syril Karn’s head.

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“He created a character that has a big question mark on him. He can go into the Empire, he can go into the Rebel Alliance, and he has a gray area,” said Soller of Syril. “He comes from a place of emptiness and pain in his domestic life, he tries to fill this emptiness in himself through the fascist business world, where he finds himself in an order. his station and then rise to those positions.”

Soller found that paying attention to the details of the show helped him get lost in the world.

“I remember walking into a city that was built by blueprints and set pieces; every little thing was thought out, every box had something in it, that with this office there is a whole life in it,” he said. “There was a crowd milling about before we started filming, and when they parted there was this line of chaos.

Images of Andor appear in a poster for the Disney Plus show

Andor’s cast includes some familiar Star Wars faces like Cassian, Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera, but introduces a host of new characters.

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It’s an effect Star Wars fans will be familiar with, but Gilroy says Andor is designed to attract people who haven’t been to a galaxy far, far away before.

“We’re creating a show that requires no prior knowledge to enter. Can we satisfy, electrify and inspire dedicated fans?” said the creator of the show. “And at the same time bring something that is very important to the heart – the smallest players and the smallest relationships that fall in the middle of epic, tectonic, revolutionary stories – we can draw an audience that will also like it? Can we marry those two things? That’s the gamble.”

Luna considered Andor to be “the most original Star Wars character you’ll ever find,”

“It’s a show about having the strength to bring change. It’s very inspiring,” said the actor. “It’s exciting and action-packed at its best – what you’d expect from Star Wars – but there it goes very close.

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