Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy insists the upcoming Disney+ sequence will not embody cameos by legacy Star Wars characters purely out of fan service.

Upcoming Star Wars sequence Andor will not lean on nostalgia-driven callbacks to the saga’s historical past to win audiences over, in response to showrunner Tony Gilroy.

In an interview with Variety, Gilroy insisted that it is “by no means fan service” when legacy characters seem within the present. “It’s by no means cynical,” he mentioned. “It’s all the time meant to be there. It’s all the time protein — it is by no means icing.” Gilroy’s feedback will come as a reduction to these followers who felt that earlier Star Wars Disney+ sequence reminiscent of The Book of Boba Fett relied on cameos on the expense of telling a satisfying standalone story.

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In protecting with Gilroy’s stance on fan service, solely three Star Wars veterans are presently confirmed to reprise their roles in Andor: Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma) and Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera). The showrunner has even dominated out an look by Alan Tudyk’s Okay-2SO in Season 1, regardless of the sarcastic ex-Imperial droid serving as Cassian’s sidekick in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That mentioned, Gilroy additionally steered that Okay-2SO will nearly actually characteristic in Andor‘s second and closing season. “When we do [introduce K-2SO], we’ll do it in a spectacular style versus presenting it and ignoring it, or presenting it or hiding it, or the unhealthy variations we might have been compelled to do,” he mentioned.

Andor’s Creator Made the Show for Passionate Star Wars Fans

Although Gilroy is not eager on fan service, he is nonetheless brazenly dedicated to delivering a present that may attraction to Star Wars‘ passionate fanbase. The showrunner just lately acknowledged that Andor solely exists due to the devoted group that surrounds the franchise, and made it clear that these had been the viewers he was centered on pleasing probably the most. “That viewers is our main concern, and we wish to deliver one thing to them that may be a fully completely different lane than what they’ve had earlier than,” he mentioned. “But we’re doing it in a very uncynical style.”

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Gilroy does not think about himself an enormous Star Wars fan, although, and just lately confessed that he enjoys the franchise on a extra informal degree. This will possible come as a shock to lots of the saga’s die-hard devotees, given Gilroy co-wrote the screenplay for Rogue One previous to shepherding Andor to the small display. It additionally units Gilroy aside from fellow Star Wars TV present architect Dave Filoni, whose hardcore appreciation of the franchise is well-known.

The first three episodes of Andor premiere on Disney+ on Sept. 21.

Source: Variety


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