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Gilroy Says ‘Andor’ Story Spans Five Years

The showrunner says ‘Rogue One’ prequel series’ scale is huge….

Many of us are sitting back on a holiday weekend and looking at the calendar’s coming “dog days” of summer.

And, as we ponder two months of yard work (perhaps punctuated by a trip to Batuu?), we wish for some sweet relief via new on-screen Star Wars.

Like now. Like right now.

“Right now…”

Unfortunately, the new Star Wars Andor series premiere on Disney+ isn’t until August 31.

However, thankfully, we have a lot to ponder thanks to Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy.

Of course, Gilroy is the screenwriter and filmmaker called in to smooth out the first cut of Gareth Edward’s Rogue One. Many give Gilroy a heap of credit for Rogue One’s fantastic reception.

And, judging by Tony’s status on the upcoming Andor show, so does Lucasfilm.

Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Image: Lucasfilm.

Now, looking ahead to what we’ll see in August (and beyond), Gilroy told Empire Magazine, “The scale of the show is so huge.

“Directors work in blocks of three episodes, so we did four blocks [in Season 1] of three episodes each.

“We looked and said, ‘Wow, it’d be really interesting if we come back, and we use each block to represent a year. We’ll move a year closer with each block,’” he told Empire at the recent Star Wars Celebration (following the premiere of the incredibly well-received Andor teaser trailer).

“From a narrative point of view,it’ss really exciting to be able to work on something where you do a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and then jump a year,” he added.

While you are at it, check out the trailer (again?):

Luna Promises Character Development

Previously, Diego Luna and GenevievO’Reilly opened up about their roles in Andor to the crowd at Star Wars Celebration 2022.

Meanwhile, Luna told Empire:

Rogue One is more about an event than the actual journey of [the] characters… It’s quite amazing to start a show where it’s not about where we can end – it’s about, how did we end there?

So, while the wait doesn’t provide much in the way of comfort fo Star Wars fans starved for live-action content this summer, it looks like Tony, Diego, Genevieve and crew will do much to stem the back-to-school blues.

Look for more on Andor very soon.

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A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern University, John Bishop, became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com before the Boston Bruins 2006-07 NHL hockey season. While with the Black & Gold, “^BISH” traveled North America and Europe to cover the team's every move via laptop, blog, and smartphone. The co-author of two books, "Bygone Boston" and "Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins," John also covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the Bs 2011 Stanley Cup championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea, and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke, in central Massachusetts.

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