Genevieve O’Reilly previously reprized her role as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in seasons 3 and 4 of the animated TV show “Star Wars Rebels” (and yes, I will continue to pester all fans of “Star Wars” there to watch “Rebels” if you haven’t already). But where this series is set far from Coruscant, “Andor” will show Mon Mothma hard at work on the galaxy’s capital planet “trying to navigate the turmoil of the Emperor’s new autocracy while quietly fomenting opposition.” , as described by Vanity Fair.
As Mothma tries to balance being a politician with leading an underground rebellion, Cassian Andor himself will start off as what Tony Gilroy likens to a film noir antihero:
“Our show begins with a very simple, almost film noir situation for a thief, a sleazy guy who’s in big trouble trying to sell something to save his ass. Someone watched him, a rebellious talent scout , and he kind of gets recruited on the worst day of his life. In episode four, we take it from there and start to expand…”
After Gilroy played a major role in the “Rogue One” reshoots (turning what he called a “mess” of a movie into critical and box office success), I’m curious to see what it makes for building a “Star Wars” project from scratch. The fact that Disney and Lucasfilm are confident enough to have kicked off “Andor” season 2 this far suggests they’re pretty happy with what it’s done, which is obviously encouraging.
“Andor” will premiere on Disney+ on an as yet unannounced date in 2022.