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Andor Writer Tony Gilroy Says Star Wars Series Draws Inspiration From The Greatest 21st Century Spy Action Thriller – The Bourne Identity

It looks like Star Wars: Andor and The Bourne Identity are similar in so many ways. During a recent interview, Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy talked about how his work on the Bourne franchise inspired his upcoming Star Wars show.

Star Wars: Andor, Diego Luna
Star Wars: Andor, Diego Luna

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The Bourne Identity starts with Matt Damon stepping up as Jason Bourne, who is a professional former assassin whose loss of memories hides a secret conspiracy within the CIA. And surely, It was a blockbuster.

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Tony Gilroy Explains How Writing Bourne Has Influenced the New Star Wars Show

Andor writer explains the series was influenced by The Bourne Identity
Andor writer explains the series was influenced by The Bourne Identity

Tony Gilroy and his brother along with Beau Willimon and Stephen Schiff together scripted the 12 episodes of Season 1. Toby Haynes, Susanna White, and Benjamin Caron are handling the director’s seat. Discussing his work on the Bourne films.

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Tony Gilroy said:

“I had been trying to get people to make an acoustic action movie because action movies had gotten so bombastic in the ’80s, they were just enormous. So, when Bourne came along, we went way down to nothing.”

“It was about making it real. Keeping someone you really understand and really care about in a place that you understand the geography of, with stakes, is much more involving than a guy on a train with 15 machine guns and a helicopter coming down. That aesthetic, that idea, does carry over to Andor because we are on the ground with these people so that everything that we do has an intimacy and an acoustic nature to it within the grandeur of Star Wars.”

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How Star Wars: Andor Is Similar to the Bourne Series?

The Bourne Identity star Matt Damon
The Bourne Identity star Matt Damon

Tony Gilroy wrote the script for Star Wars: Rogue One, which points out the similarity of the idea. The Star Wars spin-off shows us a pilot and intelligence officer, Cassian Andor, and a crew gathered from somewhere reaches of the galaxy far, far away. It seems like, Now,  Andor took a similar concept and worked with it. He further added:

“It’s an adventure story, It’s one man’s odyssey through the center [of the story] and then all these peripheral characters surrounding him and spinning around. I mean, God, it’s looking to be entertaining. It’s a heavy material, heavy things are happening, but it’s an adventure story, too.”

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Andor Season 1 is scheduled to premiere on September 21 on Disney+.


Written by Shreeparna Das