As far as the new Star Wars movies go, it seems the one people like the most is Gareth Edwards and Tony Gilroy’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While it had a tortured production history, fans embraced this story about the theft of the Death Star plans, to the extent that Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor is getting a spinoff – despite dying in the movie’s climax. The series, Andor, will premiere late this summer, and that new, exhaustive Vanity Fair piece about the future of Star Wars on Disney+ dropped some exciting details.
According to the piece, Luna reveals that the notion of spinning his character off into his own series began with a conversation with Gilroy that happened more than three years ago. Luna said it wasn’t easy keeping all of this a secret, telling Vanity Fair, “one thing I remember, from being part of this since day one, is how little you can share of what happens. I have kids, man. It’s painful for them—and for me.”
The actor also revealed a bit more about what Andor is all about:
“It’s the journey of a migrant. That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong. That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and what you are willing to do.”
Tony Gilroy also gave some extra tidbits about Andor and where the story is going during its first season. Gilroy said, “This guy gave his life for the galaxy, right? I mean, he consciously, soberly, without vanity or recognition, sacrificed himself. Who does that? 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.”
Gilroy went on to say that the story begins with the destruction of Andor’s birth world, then follows him into adulthood:
“His adopted home will become the base of our whole first season, and we watch that place become radicalized. 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.”
The star-studded series, which should debut sometime this year, also features Forest Whitaker reprising his role as Saw Gerrera, Stellan Skarsgård and Adria Arjona. Are you excited for this Rogue One spinoff? Let us know in the comments!