‘Andor’ Creator Tony Gilroy on Cassian Andor’s Upcoming Journey

“We’re actually going someplace by Episode 12,” Gilory tells IndieWire. “If what we’re doing works, that ought to be a really potent second.”

Star Wars followers could be excited to reunite with “Rogue One” hero Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) — however the character as we discover him in “Andor” on Disney+ is so far as he could be from a insurgent chief.

“We’re beginning with a no one,” collection creator Tony Gilroy advised IndieWire over Zoom. “How does a no one, absolute no one, forgotten, careless no one, change into this unimaginable individual? I’m not going to name him a messianic character, however there may be a side of it that could be a journey of somebody who has a future.”

“Andor” finds Cassian at a definite low level in his life, grappling with repressed childhood trauma and an grownup life that has veered from his restricted aspirations.

“He’s simply fucked all of it up,” Gilroy mentioned. “He’s that man that no one actually needs to see coming down the road anymore. No person needs to present him their keys to their condominium. He’s simply that man you don’t belief anymore. Everyone knows individuals like that.”

It would take a very long time — two seasons, 24 episodes, and 5 years of the character’s life, to be actual — to construct up the Cassian Andor launched in “Rogue One,” however Gilroy is worked up for the journey forward.

This interview has been edited for size and readability.

IndieWire: You’ve spoken about how Cassian at this level shouldn’t be the Cassian Andor that we meet in “Rogue One,” however I’d love to listen to extra about his journey within the coming episodes.

Gilroy: With the restricted info that we have now about him from “Rogue,” if you happen to make a PowerPoint of issues we find out about him, it’s a reasonably fascinating assortment of attributes. He’s type of all singing all dancing; he’s an murderer, he’s a saboteur, he’s been within the battle since he was six years previous — however he’s additionally the one which they belief with crucial factor that they should do. On the mission, there’s some issues alongside the way in which, however he gracefully navigates by way of every thing and lies when he must lie and modifications his thoughts when he wants to vary his thoughts — after which he does what what all of us surprise if we may ever do, which is sacrifice ourselves for the higher good, with an open coronary heart.

You need to do a factor that’s 5 years earlier about this character: How distant from that may you get? How large a gap are you able to make for this individual? That’s the primary impulse. As we’re doing the present now, as we’ve actually constructed it out and as we’re engaged on the second half, we discovered a whole lot of different issues which can be actually deep and potent to take care of, concerning the making of a revolutionary and the making of a passionate, dedicated human being.

There’s a second the place I imagine Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård) says one thing to him about giving all of it up, sacrificing all of it — basically what you’re describing.

As an alternative of stealing and chipping away and doing all this, wouldn’t you quite give it suddenly for one thing that mattered? You appear to be on a self-destructive path anyway, and also you appear to be actually indignant — I imply, anger is a large a part of his make-up and he can’t change into the man in “Rogue” with out shelling out with the anger that we see within the little boy. It’s a vital scene when younger Cassian goes on that ship and is destroying that ship. That rage goes to hold by way of that character all over his life.

I like that line; the foreshadowing of it, and likewise unpacking the place he’s at and the place he has to finish up.

There’s some key little issues hidden within the first couple episodes that inform us the place we’re going…he’s going to be a peripheral and influential character within the background of many necessary canonical Star Wars occasions.

As you have been engaged on the broader arc of this collection, what was one thing you got down to accomplish?

If we had this dialog after you’d seen the primary 12 it’d be so much simpler to to debate it articulately…

Oh, we are able to discuss once more.

We most likely will. I feel that’s one thing we’re gonna should do on the present as a result of there’s going to be some actually large twists. However the path to changing into a revolutionary and the trail for him to get the place he must get on the finish of episode 12, which is simply actually to change into a part of one thing — there’s a whole lot of totally different chapters to that evolution. There’s the theoretical facet, the visceral facet, there’s the watching what occurs to different individuals. There’s the empathetic facet, there’s the persecution facet, there’s the revenge facet — the entire various things and ensuring that they’re all in there however ensuring that it doesn’t appear to be we’re saying, “Oh, right here’s a spoonful of revenge” or “right here’s a spoonful of idea,” however to really feel his evolution, his character change really feel like a whole schooling, I feel that was one of many methods.

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Inform us concerning the relationships in Cassian’s life, as a result of he does appear to have a whole lot of allies and associates however nobody trusts him that a lot.

He’s disenchanted everybody to start with of this present — and he hasn’t even confronted the actual fact of how a lot he’s disenchanted himself. After we present his backstory and his childhood trauma and another issues alongside the way in which, you’ll be a little bit bit extra sympathetic about why issues are so tough for him and why it hasn’t been such a simple path. However he’s had lots of people attempt to assist him and he’s pushed them away.

What’s his relationship like at this level in his life to his previous? Such as you mentioned, he’s on a self damaging path and hasn’t confronted the self disappointment.

You see the story that Cassian has been telling himself about his life, and you then see Stellan tune him up and go, “Dude, I do know the true story of what occurred, and even the half I do know: You’re filled with shit.” That’s the primary time that somebody actually slaps him on the present, and the lie that he’s telling Stellan — if you happen to inform a lie about your self sufficient occasions, you’ll be able to start to rewrite your personal story. After a decade of not likely coping with what you’ve been coping with and telling all people it’s one thing else, you begin to imagine it. I feel he’s beginning to imagine his personal sob story, and Stellan tunes him up and says, “No, that’s simply not what occurred.” He’s confronting every kind of issues like that.

What are you able to inform us about Kenari?

It’s just about in these first three episodes. That story is sort of full by the point he leaves Ferrix. I don’t suppose we’ll be going again to Kenari.

The youngsters he by no means finally ends up seeing once more — what does that depart him with?

Oh, my God. Consider the methods he’s been exiled. He loses his mother and father, then he loses his neighborhood, after which he’s ripped away to this new place — which embraces him and loves him, however everyone knows the consequences of deep childhood trauma, significantly [when] they’re undealt with, could be catastrophic. If this movie doesn’t occur, if these occasions don’t occur, if you happen to simply observe the Cassian Andor story on on Ferrix, it’s fairly straightforward to see him changing into a kind alcoholic ne’er-do-well. His path shouldn’t be going anywhere good, and that childhood trauma is actually deep — and it’s legit.

What can followers anticipate for the remainder of the season?

I feel they need to anticipate a serious journey, an odyssey for Cassian Andor, and I feel they need to demand of us that we higher the emotional response. I feel they need to maintain us to the usual that we begin within the first three, 4 episodes. Emotionally, viscerally, action-wise in each method, we plan on delivering and bettering that all over the entire present. That’s our plan. That’s our aim.

We’re actually going someplace by Episode 12 — which is so improbable, it’s the evening earlier than Thanksgiving. If what we’re doing works, that ought to be a really potent second.

New episodes of “Andor” premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.

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