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Diego Luna is back as Cassian Andor for the 12 episodes of this first season – filming for the second will start shortly. When the series begins, he is not yet one of the leaders of the rebellion. This is still in its infancy. “In the beginning he’s a lonely man just trying to survive without the slightest hope of achieving anything important,” the Mexican actor reveals in a virtual interview The press. “He’s very cynical and very selfish, and then one day he has an opportunity to take action and change his life. It’s nice to see that someone understands that if they put their mind to something, they can be part of the change. »
very specifically, Andor bears the brunt of the Galactic Empire’s oppression of individuals. Although it is fiction, the parallels with our history and the reality of certain countries are still evident today.
This is a dark time in the galaxy. people suffer. Therefore, an organized rebellion is necessary.
Diego Luna, who plays the title role
If there’s one character who hasn’t needed convincing of this necessity, it’s Mon Mothma. Before becoming Chancellor of the Alliance, as seen in Return of the Jedishe was a senator from Chandrila. Andor tells the story of this politician who has opposed Palpatine’s regime since the Clone Wars.
Genevieve O’Reilly, also reprising her role as RogueOne, believes that “this woman’s importance in Star Wars culture is significant”. “George Lucas created her in the early 1980s and made her a leader of the rebellion. It was ambitious on his part and I think it still is,” she said The press.
Unlike Cassian Andor and his new allies, Mon Mothma fights without a laser pistol. “Diplomacy is his weapon, but expressing his opposition to autocrats and dictators is a real danger,” Genevieve O’Reilly said. The series shows the price she paid and the threats she faced to create the Alliance. »
In the mountains and in the city
The creator ofAndorTony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for among other things RogueOnefrom Michael Clayton and Bourne series films, wanted an atmosphere of “spy thriller with a cast of characters centered around Cassian,” summarizes Genevieve O’Reilly.
Credits include Stellan Skarsgård, Forest Whitaker, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller.
The tense rhythm of the first four episodes of La Presse is accentuated by the music of Nicholas Britell (Moonlight, Succession, Don’t Look Up). Visually, Andor impresses with the realism of its surroundings. The places visited are numerous, vast and inhabited.
“We shot in Scotland for five weeks. We went to the mountains and all we saw was water and greenery. It was wonderful! says Diego Luna. The city was completely built in the first episode and it was huge! Everything worked both inside and outside. When I did the first shot of the chase with all the extras, I felt like I was in a dream. I knew it wasn’t real, but everything that was happening felt so real that I forgot I was on a set for a moment. »
The first three episodes ofAndor will air on Disney+ starting September 21.
Memories of Jean-Marc Vallee
Genevieve O’Reilly starred in the film The young Victoria by Jean-Marc Vallée, published in 2009. It preserves a precious memento of the Quebec director who died on December 25. “He was a brilliant director and a very nice person. I loved it when he said my name in French,” the actress recalls with a smile on her face but misty eyes. “He was very playful, enthusiastic and generous… I am sad that he is no longer here. His presence will be missed by the world. »