Why Andor Was a Huge Risk for Both Star Wars and Disney

Andor star Diego Luna and showrunner Tony Gilroy reflect on why the Star Wars series was a significant gamble for Disney and Lucasfilm.

Despite the overwhelming positive response from fans and critics, Diego Luna and Tony Gilroy acknowledge that the Andor series initially presented a considerable risk for both Disney and the Star Wars franchise.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly following the show's multiple Emmy nominations, Luna and Gilroy discussed their initial concerns about the project, which has emerged as one of Lucasfilm's most highly acclaimed endeavors thus far. "The challenges we faced with this show were monumental," Gilroy remarked. "The sheer scale of it, the substantial investment required, and the inherent risk involved for Disney and Lucasfilm... As creators, we felt a great responsibility to meet our deadlines and continually push the boundaries. When all is said and done, we will have effectively produced eight movies. It's truly remarkable."

Luna concurred with Gilroy's sentiments, emphasizing that the triumph of Season 1 has significantly amplified the determination of the creative team to deliver an equally compelling second installment, which is presently in the midst of production. "There's a different sense of confidence this season," Luna remarked. "It feels satisfying to arrive on set with a clear vision and the knowledge that there are people out there who genuinely care about what we're doing, you know?" As of now, the debut date for Season 2 on Disney+ remains unknown, as Gilroy's role as a producer on the series has been temporarily suspended due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.

Andor's Season 2 Journey

Andor made its debut in mid-2022, taking the Star Wars fandom by storm. The series delves into the origins of the Rebel Alliance, chronicling the journey of its central character, Cassian Andor. At the start of the story, Cassian is a disillusioned fugitive, desperate to evade the clutches of the Empire. Season 2 will continue to follow Cassian's path as he undertakes a series of daring missions to undermine the Imperial forces, ultimately leading to his sacrificial death in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where he secures and delivers the Death Star plans to the Rebels.

While Cassian remains devoted to the cause, his journey in Season 2 won't be without its challenges. Diego Luna elaborated, stating, "He desires to be a part of the Rebellion, but I'm not certain if he truly comprehends what that entails yet... and now he must learn it." He further added, "This will take time. In Season 2, we will cover a span of four years, and when we encounter Cassian again, he will be far removed from where we last saw him at the conclusion of Season 1. He has become someone who can be relied upon for missions of such magnitude."

Season 1 of Andor is currently available for streaming on Disney+. The release date for Season 2 has not yet been announced.

Via EW

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