Andor cast reveals why Star Wars needs this Disney Plus series

The The first three episodes From Andor landed on Disney Plus on me WednesdayThe new Star Wars show kicks off in long style. The rogue one The prequel series reveals the mysterious backstory of the morally questionable Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who will become the hero of the Rebel Alliance while facing the Galactic Empire.

Since this show is set five years before Rogue One (itself a prequel to the original Star Wars movie, New hope), Cassian is not the freedom fighter we know he will become. The rebel alliance has not yet formed. It is just a scattered group of rebellious cells making weak efforts against the totalitarian regime of Emperor Palpatine.

Andor is not your typical Star Wars show. instead of the usual Use the lightsaber Witches in space, attacks on planet battle stations, or armor Baby Yoda Parents, it focuses on the dark reality of living under the empire and the dangers of facing persecution. These are the cruel corners of the universe that series creators and writer Tony Gilroy Come to life, having previously written and co-wrote the first four Bourne films, Rogue One.

Rejoin Luna in a galaxy far, far away Genevieve O’Reilly As the leader of the future Rebel Alliance Mon Mothma (a role she previously played in Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One, and CGI Rebels animated series). Coming to the Star Wars universe for the first time Adria Arjuna As Cassian’s loyal friend, Bex Callen, Fiona Show Like his adoptive mother acquaintances, and Kyle Soller As Cyril Karen, a nervous security inspector is determined to hunt down our hero.

I had the opportunity to have interesting conversations with O’Reilly, Arjona, Shaw and Soller over Zoom about exploring a new side of Star Wars; where their personalities fit; And – most of all – what equipment they think their action figures should come with.

Here is a transcript of our conversations, edited together for clarity.

s. This is the most Star Wars effort we’ve ever seen. Why do you think it is important to take this approach with this offer?
Soller: Rogue One had elements of the ’70s action thriller, but it was also really gritty and human. In one of the first scenes, Cassian shoots one of his friends – for rebellion, but he makes a lot of questionable decisions.

Building on this amazing movie, you can invent and investigate these other characters sitting in the same gray area, all in the making – becoming who they think they might want to be, and finding out what they believe in.

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Cyril Karen is determined to bring Cassian to justice.

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We also see aspects of empire and rebellion that we haven’t seen before. The empire you meet in A New Hope is not the one you meet in Indore. It’s fat and lazy, says Cassian, and you can get an inside look at a kind of corporate structure system — like the workplace environment.

Hence on the rebellion side, you see this planet full of people trying to survive. And it’s a real home life – brave and human. There is a focus on human lives as they struggle to survive. Each of these characters sits inside their own little rebellion in their own lives.

It was so refreshing to read: it’s a socio-political drama. It is a thrilling spy story. It’s a domestic drama, it’s almost workplace comedy. It’s also Star Wars, with over 12 episodes told that could achieve this level of detail.

O’Reilly: I think when you put someone like Tony Gilroy as the lead creator and writer for a series, he’d be interested in investigating people, relationships, textures — complications rather than broad strokes. It will always be sadder.


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Shaw: Having written Rogue One, [in Andor] Tony Gilroy dares to explore the emotional connections between people. People of all ages, backgrounds, upbringings, and countries can relate to family.

He does not try to draw conclusions about the characters. Instead, we have people in all the chaos of human emotions, values, slow trips, and immoral trips.

Arjuna: It’s about people on the cusp of a revolution. Tony has really done a great job of projecting and mirroring our real world. There is no good or bad, everything is mysterious. This show – every character – lives in that gray area. In order to understand someone’s morals, you have to understand that person’s intimacy as well. He is incredibly human, incredibly grounded and even darker. He is not very happy.

Bex Calin looks worried as she climbs a ladder in Andor

Bex Kalin has a complicated relationship with Cassian.

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Adria, where does Bix fit into this dark corner of the galaxy?
Arjuna: When we first met Bex, she was very stable. She has a job, she’s successful, and people respect her. But she has this relationship with Cassian – second you see, you’re like, “Oh, these two went through together, and they trust each other.” But there is also this tension.

Is she helping her friend? Not helping their friend? “This is someone I love and it hurts sometimes, but I’m going to help him.” She understands the moment in history she is in and makes an important decision. When people are on the cusp of a revolution, this camaraderie exists.

Fiona, there is a point where she warns Bee-Two, the robot, that you will be “too cross” with him if he is turned off in a room. The way you present this line is excellent.
Shu: I think a robot is like having a dog peeing on the floor. It should continue to charge, the battery bladder is not as good as it used to be.

Cassian Andor is sitting next to the cute red robot B2EMO in Andor.

B2EMO is a charming bot, but it gets a bit squeaky.

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An old man next to an old woman. He met acquaintances very late in her life. I also had the pleasure of playing someone older, then someone younger than me. [when the show flashes back to The Clone Wars era]. I wasn’t my age, I reached out to Maarva who is sick and old with a very old robot, and the little one with a tiny robot.

You touched on the fact that we met Marfa in two time periods. How does this fit into this situation on Star Wars?
Shaw: It plays in the story of how Marfa and Cassian are mother and son. He has a very different accent. We understand that.

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Maarva led a life full of adventure but it slowed down by the time we met her on the show.

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We also see the kind of life they led acquaintances [in the flashback scenes]. She is a person whose mind is very wide and has traveled all over the universe with their husbands, collecting bits of metal. She meets her boy and takes him home – he must have made a huge change in her life, as much as she is for him. It might have saved her a little bit.

Genevieve, this is Moon Mothma’s biggest appearance to date. Was that exciting for you?
O’Reilly: Yes. She is a woman I should have played before – usually surrounded by rebels; The leader who sends people on missions. How did she get there? What sacrifices did she have to make? Because we started Andor in a very different place than Rogue One, we have time to explore what those costs are.

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Mon Mothma plays a dangerous political game.

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When we meet her in Indore, she is not surrounded by rebels, she is overwhelmed by the Empire, she is a lone female voice in opposition to Palpatine in the Imperial Senate. It’s a dangerous situation to be in.

She served for many years, as a senator trying to bring about change from within that imperial system. Now she’s at a point where she has to get out of it – she has to risk everything for what she believes in.

We know from Star Wars lore that she’s been a senator since the age of sixteen. What are the facts of such a life? What are the habits? What is the ritual of the planet Chandrila that has a teenager inside such a structure, how many options does she really have? And is this the first time you’ve been willing to risk making a real choice?

Mon Mothma already has some action figures based on it past Appearance of; Both come with batons. To the new Star Wars cast – Since your character is an extension of your own and Star Wars has always been associated with action figures – what accessories do you think your character should come with?
Soler: Well, Cyril should have a comb, and maybe he should have a steamer, too. Something that shines his shoes too, one of those quick little wipes. A must have Star Wars dopp kit, his personal gadget to make sure he’s pressed and assembled firmly.

Arjuna: In the first scene, I’m wearing this jacket, my work apron. I think it’s the most badass thing. If I had an action figure, I really wanted that outfit. And I want the piece of the machine to click when Cassian comes. I want to hold it and wear all my skins.

Shu: Oh my God. this is very difficult. I think maybe just a jumpsuit of some kind [laughs].

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