While Star Wars is a sci-fi fantasy franchise packed with action and humor, those are only the trimmings. At its core, Star Wars is a narrative based on family, politics, and religion; and despite the complexity of those topics, it’s one of the many reasons why the franchise has resonated with audiences for generations. That tradition looks to continue with Disney+’s new Star Wars show, Andor.
Set to debut on September 21, Andor is a Rogue One spin-off prequel starring Diego Luna who’s reprising his role as Rebellion operative, Cassian Andor.
But while the 2016 Star Wars film was a sacrificial war tale, the 12-episode season of Andor has been described as both a spy-thriller and a refugee story and one that will take on real-world politics.
Not only is Andor Diego Luna’s return to that galaxy far, far away, but it’s also a homecoming for Rogue One writer Tony Gilroy who served as the Disney+ show’s creator and executive producer and was reportedly instrumental in its commentary on politics.
In talking with Empire, Andor actress Fiona Shaw revealed that Gilroy has “written a great, scurrilous [take] on the Trumpian world” and that events in the series reflect what’s happening in the world today.