ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: (L-R) Tony Gilroy and Diego Luna attend 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 Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
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Tony Gilroy Wanted Andor To Be ‘The Gravel’ On Which The Road Of Star Wars Is Built
Tony Gilroy’s prequel spinoff series, “Andor,” explores the more complex and nuanced topics of the “Star Wars” universe in a way that’s never been done. The flawed characters navigating the neo-noir world with brothels, gruesome torture, and revolutionary-minded politics may seem out of place in “Star Wars,” but that was Gilroy’s entire point for the series.
Gilroy depicts different kinds of heroes in “Andor,” which serves as the foundation for the franchise to build upon. The creator explained, “It's the gravel on which the road is built. Every movement is like that in history. [...] People caught up in events that inspire them and push them beyond their own conceivable aspirations of what they might do. That's true heroism in a way, isn't it?”
He continued, “That’s what we’re interested in. The show is in the kitchen and not in the restaurant. These are all the people behind the scenes.” There were many ways to show how Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor reached his point in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” but Gilroy’s radically creative and original approach is an exceptionally brilliant method that delivers a quality story.