Star Wars: Andor Actor Admits to Only Appearing in Ahsoka Briefly

Actor Genevieve O'Reilly made her debut in the Star Wars franchise in 2005 with Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. She later reprised her role in Star Wars: Andor, a series set a few years after the events of the prequel film. O'Reilly is also slated to appear in Star Wars: Ahsoka, which takes place years after Mon Mothma's first live-action appearance in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. However, the actor has confirmed that her involvement in this upcoming series will be minimal. Star Wars: Ahsoka is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on August 23rd.

"It was fascinating that they asked me, and it came as a surprise. I was really thrilled that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni were interested in having me come and play with them," O'Reilly shared with DiscussingFilm. "They are such brilliant filmmakers, and it was a thrilling experience for me to be able to collaborate with them for a brief period. I'm a huge fan of Rosario [Dawson]; she is a brilliant and formidable woman and actor. I think what they are doing with that project is going to be really exciting. Working with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is a wonderful actor, was also amazing."

Even though O'Reilly's initial portrayal of Mon Mothma in 2005 was limited, she returned to play the character in Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Although these adventures took place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, it is evident that her character's trajectory is closely intertwined with the individuals featured in those narratives. While O'Reilly's overall involvement in Ahsoka may be brief, it is clear that Mon Mothma has a significant connection to the history of the Rebel Alliance.

"It felt extraordinary for Mon to have the opportunity to enter a different world once again, and perhaps that's because I am so invested in Andor," O'Reilly expressed. "When Jon and Dave reached out and spoke passionately about Mon, and expressed their desire to have her in Ahsoka, I felt humbled to be invited to join them. They are brilliant storytellers and cutting-edge filmmakers. The way they use The Volume and their unique filming techniques differ greatly from how we filmed Andor. It was exciting and informative for me to learn about their methods because incorporating such cutting-edge technology to enhance the storytelling is a whole new way of filming. I was grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."

The highly anticipated series Star Wars: Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson, is set to make its debut on Disney+. The show picks up after the events of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, where we witnessed the former Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, in search of Grand Admiral Thrawn (portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen) while aiding Luke Skywalker in training Grogu. Ahsoka embarks on a new mission, accompanied by her longstanding allies Sabine Wren (played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo) and Hera Syndulla (portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), as they strive to locate Thrawn. The enigmatic antagonist was last seen vanishing into the depths of space following a confrontation with Ezra Bridger (played by Eman Esfandi). Star Wars: Ahsoka marks the latest addition to the lineup of live-action series from Lucasfilm, crafted by the creative duo Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.

Mark your calendars for the highly-anticipated premiere of Star Wars: Ahsoka on August 23rd, exclusively on Disney+.

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