From the taxation of trade routes to Vietnam War parallels, the Star wars suffrage has always had clear elements of political allegory. And that tradition continues i Andor, the latest Disney+ series set in George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. Set five years before the events of the 2016 blockbuster Rogue One – which introduced the title character, Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna – the show depicts the origins of the Rebel Alliance, which goes on to confront the Galactic Empire run by the Sith lord Emperor Palpatine.
“He’s always been very political,” Luna tells Yahoo Entertainment. “This [show] relevant, because it is made by people who live in this time, and our references are connected to the world out there.” (See our video interviews above.)
In the period before AndorOn the performance of 21 September, Fiona Shaw, Luna’s colleague, said that the series which spreads in a “Trumpian world” where “people’s rights are disappearing.” And Luna agrees that the overarching story of the show reflects the rise of the Resistance that has emerged during former President Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House.
“It is because of the need to express a civil reaction,” notes the Mexican actor. “It is a moment to bring change and change will come through that expression. Not one man will bring it.”
“There’s no one with superpowers that’s going to fix things for us,” Luna continues. “It’s about our reaction. It’s about what we can do together, and the strength we have in our numbers. This is the most based Star Wars – it’s about real people, regular people doing extraordinary things.”
One of AndorThe difference makers are politician Mon Mothma, who made her first franchise appearance in 1983. Return of the Jedi, played by Caroline Blakiston. Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly inherited the role in the 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith and portrayed the Rebel leader in live action and subsequent animation Star wars stories. Andor She is one of Mon Mothma’s biggest exhibits and O’Reilly says she has looked to the world’s female politicians for inspiration, including former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez and Liz Cheney.
“I looked at female leaders around the world to remind myself what those women are fighting for, and to see how they are going to fight, to see how they go in a world that is still dominated men,” she explains. “All of those women we’ve seen recently have very public moments and moments where they’ve had to stand up for themselves.”
Andor it’s Tony Gilroy, who retinkered extensively Rogue One after original director Gareth Edwards made a first cut that neither Lucasfilm nor parent company Disney were happy with. Despite his turbulent experience behind the scenes, Luna says he is still “proud” of the film, which saw him become the first Latino actor to play a lead role in the film. Star wars film. (Jimmy Smits had a small part in the prequel trilogy, and Oscar Isaac’s flight, Poe Dameron, was a supporting character in 2015’s The Force Awakensbefore you get more screen time in The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalkerboth were later released Rogue One.) Indeed, Rogue One still the most diverse Star wars film ever, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed and Forest Whitaker.
“The film we made was dangerous,” says Luna. “It was relevant in many ways, clearly in the diversity that the film brings in terms of tastes, and cultures and races and backgrounds. … It’s unique and special. I’m very proud of it Rogue One and I am happy for what Rogue One brought my life. … This series that we are introducing now is all about Rogue One.”
Although Luna is Cassian Andor’s biggest fan, he also admits to a lifelong affection for his nemesis alter ego, Darth Vader. “It’s just such a strong blow, you know?” says the actor with a smile. “The first [Star Wars book] I never got the story of Darth Vader – that’s how far our connection goes.”
— Video produced by Kyle Moss and edited by Jimmie Rhee
Andor premieres September 21 on Disney+