“I wanted to do it about real people”: Andor Star Tony Gilroy Says Star Wars Show Won’t Have Any Fan Service, Compares Skywalkers With the Royal Family

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The upcoming series Andor is going to be the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. It is the prequel to one of the best Star Wars movies Rogue One. Even though the series falls under the umbrella of Star Wars, it can’t be denied that the whole look and feel of it is different. Earlier also when the teasers and trailers dropped, the fans expressed their excitement regarding the different and more mature approaches taken by the series. Speaking on this, the creator of the show Tony Gilroy revealed that he didn’t want to take the classical tropes of Star Wars in this show.

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

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Andor is not at all about the Skywalkers

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

Rogue One was a revolution in the franchise of Star Wars. It followed the story of the victory of Rebel Alliances against the Empire. The story centered around a group of people on a mission together to retrieve the blueprints of Death Star. The storyline and the themes of the show were very different from what we had seen in the franchise so far. So serving as the prequel, it was well expected from Andor also to take a different route than the others.

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Speaking on the different approach of the show, the creator Tony Gilroy said that the series is not about the high-class Jedis or the others related to Skywalkers whom we have seen to date spearheading the franchise. Instead, this show goes ground level focusing on the other sectors of society like the plumbers, factory workers, and journalists:

“I wanted to do it about real people,” Gilroy says. “They’ve made all this IP about the royal family, in essence. It’s been great. But there’s a billion, billion, billion other beings in the galaxy. There’s plumbers and cosmeticians. Journalists! What are their lives like? The revolution is affecting them just as much as anybody else. Why not use the ‘Star Wars’ canon as a host organism for absolutely realistic, passionate, dramatic storytelling?” 

The main motive of Gilroy is to also showcase the life of the characters along with the story of Cassian Andor which he hardly thinks will be worked upon by some other Star Wars shows.

First glimpse of Star Wars Andor poster.
Star Wars: Andor is going to be 12 episodes long

As Star Wars is also known for its fan service, when Tony Gilroy was asked if something alike exists in this series or not, he revealed that there isn’t.

“never fan service”

Now it will be interesting to know, what the Diego Luna character Cassian Andor did in the past five years before the events of Rogue One.


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Andor is not made for kids

Star Wars Andor
Andor will take a different approach than the other Star Wars project

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According to the actors and the creator of the series, Andor is a different affair in the saga of Star Wars. Set in a Jason Bourne-Esque tone, it follows the Diego Luna character acting undercover against the colossal empire. Besides this spy-thriller outlook, the show will also deal with some mature stuff like the importance of community. As described by Diego Luna, this show is not like the purely formulaic hero vs villain war. Nobody can do anything alone. It requires a community.

“It’s the articulation of a rebellion,” the actor says. “It’s not about one character saving everyone. It’s about community.”

Further speaking about Andor, Tony Gilroy said that the story will be mature enough and not necessarily serve the kid audience. Even though the essence of the epic space saga will be found, the execution will be different:


“I don’t think it’s a show for 9-year-olds, probably,” Gilroy says. Which is not to say the series doesn’t embrace its “Star Wars” roots. “We are an adventure story,” he adds. “We are a thriller. And in a really abundant way, we’re creating a lot of IP. Some of it’s ground level: products and TV shows, all kinds of things. They’re all brand new.” 

Made as a classic spy-thriller approach that too in the world of Star Wars, the ultimate outcome is being really looked forward to. It will be exciting to watch to how much extent the makers have taken this series to make it stand out from the rest of the works in the franchise.

12 episodes long Andor is going to stream on Disney+ from September 21, 2022, on a weekly basis


Source: Variety

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Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 900 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.