When last we saw Cassian Andor, the rakish robber-rebel played by Diego LunaWhen last we saw Cassian Andor, the rakish robber-rebel played by Diego Luna
Little can stay dead in Star Wars, or most other I.P. these days, and thus we have Andor, a new Disney+ series premiering September 21.
One might, as I did, roll their eyes at the prospect of another Star Wars series, especially given that all four of them, Andor included, are prequels to at least some of the movie
Under the guidance of creator-writer Tony Gilroy, though, Andor sells itself better than its predecessors.
Of course, some knowledge is necessary. You must understand, for example, that the show is set just before the events of the very first Star Wars film in the story's chronology.
What he’s made is a nervous espionage thriller, set on a varied array of planets rather than in the corridors of Washington D.C. or, say, 1940s Germany.
In the show’s opening scenes, we watch as Andor, played with solemn muscle by Luna, murders two security personnel who have attempted to mug him
And yet, the show doesn’t feel like an equivocation. It’s just that both heroes and villains are, thus far, refreshingly complicated in their motivations.
Perhaps most crucial in achieving the show’s palpable mood was the decision to eschew a central piece of technology heavily employed by the other Star Wars show
Gilroy and Luna—along with actors like Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, and a beguilingly villainous Kyle Soller—make a strong case for their doleful thriller