Star Wars: Andor "Great, Scurrilous" Take on "Trumpian World": Shaw

Earlier this week, "Star Wars" fans were treated to some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news was the release of the official trailer (along with preview images & key art) for Tony Gilroy (Rogue One), Disney+ & Lucasfilm's upcoming live-action Andor series, with Diego Luna appearing on ABC's Good Morning America for its official release. On the not-so-good side, they also learned that the "Rogue One" prequel wouldn't be hitting screens until September 21st. But when the series does debut, Luna's co-star Fiona Shaw (Maarva) is giving viewers the heads-up that they should expect a story that speaks directly to the times we live in… one that Donald Trump supporters might not appreciate.

Maarva (Fiona Shaw) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

"Tony has written a great, scurrilous [take] on the Trumpian world. Our world is exploding in different places right now, people's rights are disappearing, and 'Andor' reflects that," Shaw explained during an interview with Empire. "[In the show], the Empire is taking over, and it feels like the same thing is happening in reality, too." In particular, Shaw appreciates Gilroy's willingness to emphasize the moral gray areas as well as the tough choices many characters will have to make for the greater good. "I was impressed by Tony's social-realist intentions. He's created a whole new morality. It's very deep and humane – there is grief, mourning, hope, fear. It's not just primary colours here," Shaw added.

STAR WARS: ANDOR (Image: Lucasfilm)

Previously, Gilroy confirmed a two-season, five-year story timeline that will spell out over 24 episodes. The first 12-episode season will cover the first year of Cassian Andor's (Luna) story and the rise of the Rebellion. The second 12-episode season will then cover the other four years before a narrative hand-off to Rogue One. With the series set to hit streaming screens on September 21st with three episodes, here's a look at the official trailer for Disney+ & Lucasfilm's upcoming Star Wars: Andor:

The "Andor" series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor's journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It's an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.

Joining Luna are Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl), Kyle Soller (Brexit), Genevieve O'Reilly (reprising Mon Mothma), Denise Gough (Angels in America), Forest Whitaker (reprising Saw Gerrera), Fiona Shaw ("Harry Potter" franchise), Robert Emms (His Dark Materials), and Adria Arjona (6 Underground, Morbius). Gilroy serves as both the series creator and showrunner, with Toby Haynes (Episodes 1, 2, 3, 8, 9,10), Susanna White (Episodes 4, 5, 6) & Benjamin Caron (Episodes 7, 11,12) directing. Writers include Tony Gilroy (Episodes 1,2, 3,11,12), Dan Gilroy (Episodes 4, 5, 6), Stephen Schiff (Episode 7) & Beau Willimon (Episodes 8, 9,10); with Luna, Gilroy, Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna & Michelle Rejwan executive producing. Produced by Lucasfilm, Andor premieres on September 21.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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