ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Tony Gilroy attends the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for “Andor” in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. The new original series from Lucasfilm launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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Andor Creator Tony Gilroy Wanted To Treat Coruscant Like 'Any
Other City'
The Disney+ “Star Wars” series, “Andor,” avoids putting emphasis on visiting iconic locations or characters and instead focuses on the mundane nature of its world, bringing a freshness to the franchise that’s exciting and reinvigorating. The series feels grounded without losing its grand scale, with Coruscant’s treatment as a city like any other being a big part.
VFX producer TJ Falls explained showrunner Tony Gilroy’s method of bringing the city to life: “The way that we’ve approached it with Tony is that it still could be any other city that somebody could go visit. So our brief from Tony was always, ‘Treat it like it’s any other city. Don’t make a big spectacle or glamorize a CG component of the city,’ because you wouldn’t do that in a real city.”
While Coruscant still features a toned-down futuristic aesthetic and wide shots to capture its grand scale, it rarely feels out of the realm of possibility. Through “Andor,” the audience can explore the Imperial upper class and the day-to-day routine of the working class, giving the viewers the feeling that Coruscant isn’t far off from being a realistic world.