Andor: the new rebel Star Wars series

A new series has just arrived in a galaxy far, far away and on Disney+. Andor reunite with one of the main characters from the acclaimed film Rogue oneand, like him, offers a very different approach to other series Star wars. Get ready to discover a dark story and dive into the beginning of the rebellion, the one that will make Darth Vader hard to breathe in the movies.

Released in 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rightly considered by many fans to be one of the best films Star wars. In Top 5 or Top 3, according to everyone’s taste. Set just before the events of Episode IV, this dark action film A new hope, shows the sacrifice of a group of rebels to get their hands on the plans for the Death Star, in an adventure without Skywalker, Jedi or excessive use of the Force. Hardly an incredible scene with Darth Vader, one of the best views in cinema of the most iconic (and asthmatic) villain of all time. For the rest, which is precisely the strength of Rogue one, it is his narrative that allows us to discover the struggle between normal and brave people, rebels in full conflict against the formidable galactic empire. At the head of this suicide mission is a shock duo, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). It is precisely the latter that we find in the new series Star wars which bears his name. And the other good news is that if you liked Rogue oneYou will love Andor

Five years before Rogue One, Cassian Syndrome

Might as well warn right away: after the incredible absolute fan service The Mandalorianor the reunion between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader i Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobican we expect a different atmosphere i Andor. No lightsaber duels, too cute creatures that Disney can bring out in stuffed animals, or the return of cult characters from the saga in every episode. Exactly like Rogue one compared to other films in the saga, the mood here is much more realistic. We find Cassian Andor five years before the future events of Rogue one, on the desert planet Ferrix. An inveterate swindler, he survives as best he can, moving from odd jobs to petty theft, and he can count on his lifelong accomplice, Bix, played by Adria Arjona (True detective, good omens), which we could interview to talk aboutAndor.

“Bix is ​​Cassian’s best friend. They have a very special relationship: we understand as soon as we see them reunited on screen that there is something between them, but we don’t get to know if it’s broken, is being rebuilt, which really could have happened. Bix is ​​very brave and manages to keep Cassian on his toes. Well, not always (laughs). But what I like most about her is that she’s not really afraid of anything, and will do anything to defend the people she cares about.

But Andor is not a series Star wars like the others, definitely don’t expect one happy endingor a romantic comedy that the actress had fun with: “People are going through the beginning of a revolution, so it’s not really the best time to start a relationship (laughs).”

We were able to chat with Adria Arjona, aka Bix in Andor, the new Star Wars series
We were able to chat with Adria Arjona, aka Bix in Andor, the new Star Wars series © SFR Actus

This more realistic side, with a narrative that focuses primarily on the choices and destinies of the characters overwhelmed by the shadow of the empire that continues to expand, is especially present in the first three episodes, which may confuse fans. Star wars accustomed to chases at the speed of light. Let them be reassured: things accelerate from the end of episode 3, while another narrative arc that takes place in the form of flashbacks makes it possible to discover the true origin of Cassian Andor and to understand the purpose of his quest: to find his sister . It is very clearly this very particular approach that seduced the members of the castAndoras Adria Arjona points out:

“That’s what I love about this series: there are many characters you can relate to because they seem ordinary. But what’s fascinating is watching them lift themselves up, that they manage to find the courage to resist, together, yes, if they have something in common.”

Andor, an HBO-style Star Wars series?

Same blaster sound (there is no bell in it Star wars) at Kyle Soller (Poldark), who plays Syril Karn, a member of a private security group at Ferrix, and Denise Gough (By God’s order), who plays Dedra Meero, an Empire officer who wants to track down Cassian Andor: “As a theater actor, I was afraid to be part of a Star Wars project, to have to make concessions on the quality. But when I read the script, I was blown away by the writing of my character and the others, who each have to rebel on their level. It was nothing like what we imagine Star Wars to be, and actually it’s only since we started promoting that I’m saying to myself “Oh yeah, it’s actually a Star Wars series “. While it looks like an HBO series (laughs)!”

A sentiment shared by his comrade, although he was much less dubious when he was offered to participate in the series: “As someone who grew up watching the original trilogy, I was blown away by Rogue One. It was such a different approach, with references to 1970s spy movies. Then come on board a project that shows the beginning of the rebellion and how things connect before the first trilogy, of course I wanted to be on board and be part of the adventure (laughs)!”

Kyle Soller and Denise Gough answered our questions about the Star Wars: Andor series on Disney+
Kyle Soller and Denise Gough answered our questions for the Star Wars: Andor series on Disney+ © SFR Actus

And if special care was given to the writing, the recognition is also in line with it Rogue one, rely on natural settings and avoid excessive CGI as much as possible. This can be seen in particular from the 4th episode, shot near Cruachan Dam, in the Scottish Highlands. So it’s a new adventure, very different from other series Star wars, which awaits viewers every Wednesday from September 21 on Disney+. And when we discuss the highlights of the series, when Adria Arjona clarifies it “It’s an epic adventure that doesn’t need to have seen a Star Wars movie to be understood”Denise Gough found an argument as surprising as Master Yoda wanting to make a sentence with the words in the right order:

“Our outfits are impeccable. And our hairstyles too. Someone told me my hairstyle looks like a French pastry (laughs).”

Contest for Princess Leia’s macarons? To confirm this, the time has come to go back to a galaxy far, far away and experience the beginning of the rebellion together with Cassian, in the first season ofAndorconsisting of 12 sections.

Source: Disney+

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