‘Andor’,the most recent series of the universe ‘Star Wars’, culminates its first season with the premiere this Wednesday of its twelfth chapter on Disney +. A fiction starring diego luna which, with its story of the creation of the Rebel Alliance and the awakening of the revolution against the Galactic Empire, explores the “community value” and the causes that make “that people say enough” in the face of tyranny and oppression. A dark story loaded with “political winks” with which ‘Andor’ has emerged, chapter by chapter, in the most “raw, mature and realistic” production of all those that make up, on the small and big screen, the increasingly extensive Lucasfilm franchise.
“That was always the intention. Those words, maturity, a darker, rawer and more realistic approach so that it has more connection with the public.they were the ones used during filming and already during the preparation of the project”, Luna affirms in an interview with Europa Press in which he points out that it is precisely this tone that achieves that “even though this universe takes place in a galaxy far away, may be closer to the life of the spectators”.
The Mexican actor, who resumes in the series created by Tony Gilroy (‘The Bourne Legacy’, ‘Michael Clayton”) the role he first brought to life in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, film spin-off of the saga released in 2016, agrees that, as the season has progressed, ‘Andor’ has grown to become the darkest and crudest series but also the most mature and political of the entire ‘Star Wars’ saga. Something that, he emphasizes, happened “naturally”.
“This series talks about the present, about the importance of articulating citizen responses. Of the strength that we could have or even of the one that we already have but do not necessarily use. From the power of coincidence: your problems are probably very close to mine and if you and I go out and meet together, we will be able to do much more than apart”, proclaims Luna, who assures that, between her spy plots and the spectacular action sequences typical of the ‘Star Wars’ sagathe great underlying message that ‘Andor’ launches is “the value of the community, the value of being part of it”.
FROM ME TO COMMUNITY
And that, precisely, is “the learning” and personal journey that his character makes in this first season in which Cassian Andor introduces himself as “a guy who starts in the total self,just surviving, without long-term expectations” and anchored “in a tremendous egocentrism”, but that through meeting other characters and “living everything that lives, realizes the power of belonging to a community and what a difference that makes“.
An evolution that Luna finds “very pertinent to show on the screen today.” “I really like that idea that remains planted there, because it is very useful and serves on a large or small scale. In your house, in your neighborhood, in your city, in your country… or even the planet that requires us to do something because we are clearly running out of it“, exposes the Mexican actor who also points out the complexity of all his characters as one of the great strengths of ‘Andor’.
“This is a series that lives in constant contrast. When you think you have understood, that you have understood a character, suddenly, for better or for worse, you are surprised by what he does“Exposes Luna, who stresses that when putting together the series, of which he is also a producer, they sought “not to prosecute” and “not to go to the easy of good and bad”.
“We wanted to talk about a social portrait in which a revolution is necessary. And in that portrait Tony (Gilroy) has been very meticulous and spends a lot of time on the specifics to reflect what oppression is, how to live in a place without freedoms, what triggers a revolution, what makes people say enough is enough. That’s what our series is about”, says the actor, who also points out that ‘Andor’ has “many references of nearby revolutions that we have and that we have studied”.
In this sense, Luna emphasizes that fiction “is full of political winks” that demonstrate the “commitment” of the entire team, with Gilroy leading the narrative of the series. “Tony is making his point, he’s talking about what matters to him, and we’re all in this same boat.“, affirms the protagonist of ‘Y tu mamá también’ or ‘which highlights that, despite being a series, that due to its format, twelve chapters with a weekly periodicity that is “like going back to television from the 90s”, ‘ Andor’ actually has a “cinematic logic and rhythm”.
“It has the logic of a movie, where you don’t put everything at the beginning. In a movie you have to be patient, it has to reach its climax at the start of the third act, you prepare things, cooking them with patience“, says Luna who believes that having a 12-episode arc, much more than other series in the saga, has played in favor of ‘Andor’ because”Only if you are connected to the characters, if you know them and care about them, is when the action impacts you in a way that no special effect can.“.
Along with Diego Luna, names like Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller complete the cast of ‘Andor’. The ‘Star Wars’ series has already confirmed a second season that is currently in production.