Disney and Lucasfilm are betting to everything to win over their audience already fascinated by the universe of ‘Star Wars’ and with the mission of adding new generations telling the story of Cassian Andor who proved to be a strong hero in ‘Rogue One’.
the mexican actor and one of the executive producers, Diego Luna, talked about the premiere of the series, whose first three chapters will debut on Wednesday on the Disney + streaming service.
The series began shooting in 2020 and finished filming in 2021. For Luna they were “very complex moments to film” during the pandemic in locations in Scotland and London, where coexistence and work were at risk of getting sick, they were something “complicated”, in Diego’s words.
During the talk, Luna highlighted the quality of the characters and stories that take place in ‘Andor’.
“The objective now with Andor it is to continue in that trend of making a story about characters, let’s say, more realistic…as real as it gets in a faraway galaxy,” Luna said.
He mentioned that for those who didn’t dive into the film he starred in in 2016 about Rogue One, It is the opportunity to learn about the beginnings of the good side of Star Wars.
“It is the origin of the Rebellion, what we are going to talk about and they are flesh and blood heroes… there are no Jedi around, it is a very dark moment where people have to get involved.
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For countries like Mexico, with a past of colonization and a present of very unequal capitalism, the series could seem like a mix of different eras, including a likely future with spaceships and robots starting to develop feelings.
“Science fiction is a great tool to comment on your reality, when you start saying that this happens in a galaxy far away, suddenly you can afford to make comments that have everything to do with your reality, “said Luna.
ensured that there will be plot parallels to reality.
“And of course there are parallels, and of course we were interested in establishing them. Cassian’s character is a guy forced to migrate and someone who at least once, until now, has had to forcefully leave everything behind, in that sense, andHe is a refugee who finds in this community that family that he has to form from nothing,” he added.
Some of the cast from ‘Rogue One’ return for “Andor” as Genevieve O’Reilly, who reprises the role of Senator Mon Mothma, and Forest Whitaker as the mysterious Saw Gerrera. There are also important additions such as the Puerto Rican-Guatemalan actress Adria Arojona, who plays Bix Caleen, a rebellious friend of Andor; Fiona Shaw, who plays Maarva, a woman who adopts him when he is young, and Stellan Skarsgård in the role of Luthen Rael, one of the first to open the protagonist’s eyes about the possibilities of going against the Empire.
Andor comes from a community that lives in communion with nature and does not know about spaceships until Imperial forces arrive and he is forced to leave with Maarva. The series portrays the oppression with which the Empire subjects the communities it dominates, its exploitation of natural resources and how this marginalization is experienced in a reality where there is no freedom, while in the capital of the galaxy everything is opulence and technology.
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During the big screen premiere with fans in attendance, Luna talked about the importance of him to star in the film first and enter this saga.
“I feel very proud (to star in this film), I blame ‘Rogue One’, that film dared to be different, to seek another tone, to detach itself from what was being done in the saga and they were very bold and risky in casting, me for example, nobody would have thought when I arrived at the first meeting that I could be there, I thought it was a joke, but it did happen and it was because the director told me ‘I saw ‘And you mom too’”Luna told in a question and answer session.
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Weekly new episodes of the series that grows the universe of ‘Star Wars’ will arrive at Disney +, after the premiere of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in May. (With information from AP and El Universal)