‘Andor’ Actors Reveal Why Star Wars Required This ‘Gritty, Human’ Disney Furthermore Sequence

The very first 3 episodes of Andor landed on Disney Furthermore on Wednesday, kicking off the new Star Wars show in attribute-length design and style. The Rogue Just one prequel sequence reveals the murky backstory of the morally questionable Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who’ll go on to turn into a hero of the Rebel Alliance as it faces down the Galactic Empire.

Because this show is established 5 yrs just before Rogue A single (by itself a prequel to authentic Star Wars motion picture, A New Hope), Cassian is just not really the freedom fighter we know he’ll come to be. The Rebel Alliance has not fashioned nonetheless possibly. It is just a scattered bunch of rebel cells producing feeble initiatives against Emperor Palpatine’s totalitarian routine.

Andor isn’t your normal Star Wars display. As an alternative of the normal lightsaber-wielding room wizards, assaults on world-killing struggle stations, or armored Newborn Yoda dads, it focuses on the dark truth of dwelling less than the Empire and the dangers of standing up to oppression. These are the severe corners of the universe that series creator and author Tony Gilroy revels in, getting formerly written the to start with four Bourne motion pictures and co-published Rogue A person.

Rejoining Luna in a galaxy significantly, considerably away is Genevieve O’Reilly as potential Rebel Alliance chief Mon Mothma (a job she formerly performed in Revenge of the Sith, Rogue 1 and CGI animated collection Rebels). Coming to the Star Wars universe for the very first time are Adria Arjona as Cassian’s loyal pal Bix Caleen, Fiona Shaw as his adoptive mom Maarva, and Kyle Soller as Syril Karn, an uptight safety inspector decided to hunt down our hero.

I received the opportunity to have enjoyment chats with O’Reilly, Arjona, Shaw and Soller more than Zoom about checking out a new facet of Star Wars the place their people in good shape in and — most importantly of all — what products they reckon their action figures should arrive with.

Here’s a transcript of our discussions, edited with each other for clarity.

Q. This is the most grounded Star Wars energy we’ve ever noticed. Why do you consider it was vital to consider that approach with this present?
Soller: Rogue 1 had features of ’70s thriller, motion film, but also was actually gritty and human. In one particular of the first scenes, Cassian shoots 1 of his close friends — for the sake of the revolt, but he makes a whole lot of questionable conclusions.

Building off that incredible film, you can invent and investigate these other people who are sitting in that identical grey spot, and are all in a method of genesis — of turning into who they believe they could possibly want to be, and figuring out what they feel in. 

Syril Karn gazes a hologram of Cassian Andor in Andor

Syril Karn is established to provide Cassian to justice.


We also see sides of the Empire and the rebellion that we haven’t witnessed prior to. The Empire that you fulfill in A New Hope is not the a single that you meet up with in Andor. It is extra fat and lazy, as Cassian says, and you get an within see into the variety of corporate framework technique — like a place of work environment. 

And then on the rebel facet, you see this earth that is just total of individuals seeking to survive. And it’s real domesticity — gritty and human. There’s a focus on human life as they struggle to survive. Every single a single of these characters is sitting down inside of their personal tiny mini insurrection in their personal daily life. 

It was so refreshing to go through: It is a sociopolitical drama it is really a spy thriller it is really a domestic drama it is really just about a place of work comedy. It’s also Star Wars, explained to above 12 episodes that can attain this degree of detail. 

O’Reilly: I think when you place another person like Tony Gilroy as the head creator and author of a sequence, it’s going to be interested in investigating the folks, relationships and textures — difficulties instead than in broad strokes. It really is always going to be grittier.

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

And he’s not trying to draw conclusions about the characters. Instead we’ve got people in all the mess of human emotions, values, slow journeys, immoral journeys.

Arjona: It’s about people at a cusp of a revolution. Tony really did a brilliant job of showcasing and mirroring our real world. There’s no good and bad, it’s all murky. This show — every character — lives in that gray area. In order to understand someone’s morality, you need to understand that person’s intimacy as well. It’s incredibly human, incredibly grounded and darker. It’s not so happy-go-lucky.

Bix Caleen looks concerned as she climbs a ladder in Andor

Bix Caleen has a complex relationship with Cassian.


Adria, where does Bix fit into this darker corner of the galaxy?
Arjona: When we first meet Bix, she’s very stable. She has a business, she’s successful, and people respect her. But she has this relationship with Cassian —  second you see, you’re like, “Oh, these two have been through it together, and they trust each other.” But there’s also this tension.

Does she help her friend? Does she not help their friend? “This is someone I love who’s a pain in the ass sometimes, but I’m gonna help him.” She understands the moment in history that she is in and makes a big decision. When people are at the cusp of a revolution, there’s this camaraderie. 

Fiona, there’s a point where you warn Bee-Two, the droid, that you’ll be “so cross” with him if he’s powered down in one of the rooms. The way you deliver that line is excellent.
Shaw: I think the droid is like having a dog that pees on the floor. It has to keep charging up, its battery-bladder isn’t as good as it was.

Cassian Andor crouches beside cute red droid B2EMO in Andor.

B2EMO is a charming droid, but getting a bit creaky.


An old droid is next to an old woman meet Maarva very late in her life. It was also a joy for me to play somebody much older, and then somebody younger, than myself [when the show flashes back to The Clone Wars era]. I was neither age, I reached out for the Maarva who’s sick, old and has a very old droid, and the younger one with a young droid.

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


Maarva lived a life of adventure but has slowed down by the time we meet her in the show.


We also see the kind of life Maarva had [in the flashback scenes]. She’s somebody with a very broad mind who has traveled all over the universe with their husband, gathering bits of metal. She meets his boy and takes him home — he must have been a huge change for her life, as much as she is for his. He may have saved her, a bit.

Genevieve, this is Mon Mothma’s biggest appearance so far. Was that exciting for you?
O’Reilly: Yes. She is a woman who I’ve got to play before — she’s usually surrounded by rebels a leader who sends people off on missions. How did she get there? What sacrifices did she have to make? Because we start Andor in a very different place than Rogue One, we have time to explore what those costs are.


Mon Mothma is playing a dangerous political game.


When we meet her in Andor, she isn’t surrounded by rebels, she is steeped within the Empire, she is a lonely female voice of opposition against Palpatine in the Imperial Senate. It’s a dangerous position to be in.

She has worked for many years, as a senator trying to effect change from within that Imperial system. She’s now at a point where she has to step outside it — she has to risk it all for what she believes.

We know through Star Wars lore that she’s been a senator from the age of 16. What are the realities of a life like that? What are the customs? What are the rituals of the planet Chandrila that has a teenager within such a structure, how many choices did she really have? And is this the first time she’s willing to risk making a genuine choice?

Mon Mothma already has some action figures based on her past appearances they both come with batons. To the actors new to Star Wars — given that your character is an extension of your personality and Star Wars has always been associated with action figures — what accessories do you think your figure should come with? 
Soller: Well, Syril’s got to have a comb, and probably got to have a travel steamer as well. Something to shine his shoes as well, one of those little quick wipes. It would have to be a Star Wars dopp kit, his personal accoutrement to make sure that he’s pressed and firmly put together.

Arjona: In the first scene, I wear this vest, my work apron. And I just think it’s the most badass thing. If I were to have an action figure, I really want that outfit. And I want the piece of machinery that I click off when Cassian comes in. I want to be holding that and wearing all my leather.

Shaw: Oh, God. That’s too hard. I think probably just a jumpsuit of some kind [laughs].

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