The first three episodes of Land On Feather Let us help you with the new Star Wars show, The Shape of the Galaxy. This The prequel series dives into the backstory of the morally dubious Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who will become the hero of the Rebel Alliance while facing the Galactic Empire.
Since the show is set five years before Rogue One (itself a prequel to the original Star Wars film,), Cassian isn’t quite the freedom fighter we know he will be. The rebel alliance has not yet been formed. It is a scattered bunch of rebel cells making weak efforts against the totalitarian regime of Emperor Palpatine.
Andor isn’t your typical Star Wars show. instead of normalSpace wizards, planet-killing battle stations attack, or armored Dad, it focuses on the dark reality of living under an empire and the dangers of standing up to oppression. These are the harsh corners of the universe that revel in series creator and writer Tony Gilroy, who previously wrote the four Bourne films and co-wrote Rogue One.
Rejoining Luna in a distant galaxy is Genevieve O’Reilly as future Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma (a role he previously played in Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One, and the CGI animated series Rebels). Coming to the Star Wars universe for the first time, Adria Arjona as Cassian’s loyal friend Bix Callen, Fiona Shaw as his adoptive mother Marva, and Kyle Soler as Cyril Karn, determined to hunt down our hero for protection. are inspectors.
I had the chance to have a fun chat with O’Reilly, Arjona, Shaw and Soler on Zoom about discovering a new side of Star Wars; where their characters fit in; And — most importantly — what tools do they believe their work statistics should come from.
Here is a transcript of our conversation, edited together for clarity.
Q. This is the most basic Star Wars effort ever. Why do you think it was important to take that approach with this show?
Soller: Rogue One had elements of a ’70s thriller, action movie, but it was also really gritty and human. In one of the first scenes, Cassian shoots one of his friends – for rebellion, but he makes a lot of questionable decisions.
Creating that wonderful movie, you can invent and investigate these other characters who are sitting in the same gray area, and are all in the process of originating – who they think they want to be, and figuring out who they are. In what they believe.
We also see the sides and rebellion of the Empire that we haven’t seen before. The Empire you meet in A New Hope is not the one you meet in Endor. It’s rough and hazy, as Cassian says, and you get an inside view of the corporate structure system — like the workplace environment.
And then on the side of rebellion, you see this planet full of people trying to survive. And this is real domesticity – gritty and human. The focus is on human life as they struggle to survive. Each one of these characters is sitting within their own little rebellion in their lives.
It was very refreshing to read: it is a socio-political drama; It is a spy thriller; This is a domestic drama; It’s almost a workplace comedy. It’s also Star Wars, with over 12 episodes told that could get at this level of detail.
O’Reilly: I think when you have someone like Tony Gilroy as the lead producer and writer of a series, it’s going to be interesting to examine people, relationships, and textures — complexities rather than broad strokes. . It’s always going to be more dense.
Shaw: Having written Rogue One, [in Andor] Tony Gilroy dares to ditch the emotional connections between people. People of all ages, backgrounds, upbringings and countries can belong to the family.
And he’s not trying to draw conclusions about the characters. Instead we have put people in the trap of human feelings, values, slow travels, immoral travels.
Arjona: It’s about the people on the cusp of a revolution. Tony really did a fantastic job of showing and showing our real world. There is no good and bad, it’s all blurry. This show – every character – lives in that gray area. To understand someone’s morals, you have to understand that person’s intimacy as well. It’s incredibly human, incredibly grounded and deep. It’s not so happy-go-lucky.
Adria, where does Bix fit in this dark corner of the galaxy?
Arjona: When we first meet Bix, she is very stable. He has a business, he is successful, and people respect him. But she has this relationship with Cassian — the second you look, you’re like, “Oh, these two have been through this together, and they trust each other.” But it is also stress.
Does she help her friend? Doesn’t she help her friend? “This is someone I love, who’s a pain in the ass sometimes, but I’m gonna help him.” She senses the moment in history she is in and makes a big decision. When people are on the cusp of revolution, it is brotherhood.
Fiona, there’s a point where you warn the B-two, the droid, that you’ll be “so cross” with it if you’re charging into one of the rooms. The way you deliver that line is excellent.
Shaw: I think diarrhea is like a dog peeing on the floor. It has to keep charging, its battery-bladder is not as good as it was before.
Next to an old woman there is an old diarrhea; Meet Marva very late in your life. It was also a matter of happiness for me that I was playing the role of someone older and then someone younger than me. [when the show flashes back to The Clone Wars era], I was neither of age, I reached for Marva, who is sick, old and has a very old diarrhoea, and a young man with diarrhoea.
You touched on the fact that we meet Marwa in two time periods. How does this fit in how it is based on Star Wars?
Shaw: This plays into the story of how Marva and Cassian are mother and son. They have a very different pronunciation. We understand this.
We also see how Marwa’s life was [in the flashback scenes], She is a very broad minded person who along with her husband has collected pieces of metal from all over the universe. She meets her boy and takes him home – that must have been as much of a change for her life as it has been for her. Maybe he saved her a little.
Genevieve, this is Mon Mothma’s biggest appearance to date. Was it exciting to you?
O’Reilly: Yes. She’s the kind of woman I want to play first — she’s usually surrounded by rebels; A leader who sends people on missions. How did she get there? What sacrifice did he have to make? Because we start Andor in a very different place from Rogue One, we have time to figure out what those costs are.
When we meet her in Endor, she is not surrounded by rebels, she is immersed within the Empire, she is the single female voice of protest against Palpatine in the Imperial Senate. Living in it is a dangerous situation.
She has served for many years, trying to drive change from within that royal system as a senator. He’s now at a point where he has to step out of it – he’ll have to risk it all for the confidence he has.
We know through Star Wars lore that she’s been a senator since she was 16. What is the reality of that kind of life? What are the customs? What are the rituals of the planet Chandrila with a teenager in such a structure, how many options did she really have? And is this the first time he is willing to take the risk of making a real choice?
Mon Mothma already has some action figures based on that Past appearances, They both come with poles. For 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 do you think your figure should come with?
Soller: Well, Cyril should have a comb, and maybe he should have a travel steamer too. Something to make their shoes shine too, one of those little wipes. The Star Wars dope kit, a must-have personal item of hers, to make sure it’s pressed and held firmly together.
Arjona: In the first scene, I wear this vest, my work apron. And I think that’s the worst thing. If I had an action figure, I’d really want that outfit. And I want that piece of machinery to be turned off when Cassian arrives. I want to hold her and put on all my leather.
Shaw: Oh my god. It’s very difficult. I think maybe just a jumpsuit of some kind [laughs],
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