Andor Is Influenced By the Bourne Series, Says Creator Tony Gilroy

The next Disney+ Star Wars series, Andor, will tell an original story about the titular Rogue One character, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a thief turned rebel spy. Andor is billed as a spy thriller, a first for a live-action Star Wars show, and will take inspiration from one of the best thrillers of the century, the Bourne series.

Andor isn’t like other Star Wars series. It is more grounded, features original characters, and deals with spies, espionage, and politics. All of that required a different approach, and creator Tony Gilroy, who also wrote the similarly gritty Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, turned to the Bourne movies for inspiration. Here’s what he told Total Film recently:

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“[With Bourne] I had been trying to get people to make an acoustic action movie, because action movies had gotten so bombastic in the ’80s, they were just enormous. So when Bourne came along, we went way down to nothing.

It was about making it real. Keeping someone you really understand and really care about in a place that you understand the geography of, with stakes, is much more involving than a guy on a train with 15 machine guns and a helicopter coming down. That aesthetic, that idea, does carry over to Andor because we are on the ground with these people, so that everything that we do has an intimacy and an acoustic nature to it within the grandeur of Star Wars.”

Tony Gilroy is best known for penning the Bourne trilogy and directing 2011’s The Bourne Legacy. He also wrote State of Play and directed the critically acclaimed Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney and Tilda Swinton. Gilroy certainly doesn’t lack experience in the thriller genre and has crafted Andor in a similar vein.

Hopefully, the makers didn’t re-create the jarring shaky cam of the Bourne series in Andor, which was fun at the time but really got tedious with the ensuing movies. Gilroy knows that too and promises that Andor won’t skimp on the spectacle and adventure Star Wars is known for.

“It’s an adventure story. It’s one man’s odyssey through the center [of the story] and then all these peripheral characters surrounding him and spinning around. I mean, god, it’s looking to be entertaining. It’s heavy material, heavy things are happening, but it’s an adventure story, too.”

Andor Promises A Breath Of Fresh Air For The Star Wars Franchise

Ever since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, the Star Wars world has seen some remarkable and some extremely divisive titles, but surprisingly, the stories focused on original characters have resonated the most with fans instead of the ones centered on beloved legacy characters like Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Mandalorian and Rogue One have become fan favorites, and Andor hopes to repeat the feat.

Also starring Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw, Forest Whitaker, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, Andor will drop on Disney+ on September 21, with a three-episode premiere.

Check out the trailer and plot synopsis for Andor below:

“The Andor series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.”