Tony Gilroy, showrunner for the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series Andor, has big things in store not only for the titular character but also for the mysterious Rebel Alliance leader known as Mon Mothma.
During an interview with Vanity Fair Gilroy and star Diego Luna, who is reprising his role from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, shared some cryptic details on the enigmatic leader. Gilroy, who both created the series and wrote the pilot, predicts that it won’t take long for Mon Mothma to become memorable even to casual fans. “I bet that when episode 104 plays, when Mon Mothma finishes the episode,” Gilroy muses, “that there’ll be people tweeting about Mon Mothma.”
Previously, it was revealed that Mon Mothma’s storyline in the prequel series, set five years before the events of Rogue One, would run parallel to Cassian’s. In the expanded interview, Gilroy also clarifies that while the two are destined to meet, that’s not how the show will start off. “They intersect,” he explains. “I’m not going to get into how they intersect. They do have intersection—but they do not meet. They will not meet until the second half.”
Mon Mothma made her debut in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, played by actor Caroline Blakiston. Later, the leader appeared briefly in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and then again in Rogue One, with Genevieve O’Reilly taking over the role. O’Reilly, who also voiced the character in Star Wars Rebels, will continue her run as the former Galactic Senator in Andor.
With the series set to follow the formative years of the Rebel Alliance, there’s room for much intrigue in what Gilroy calls “a very paranoid world.” As the star of the series, Luna has shared the difficulties he’s experienced trying to maintain the show’s secrets. “One thing I remember, from being part of this since day one, is how little you can share of what happens,” he said. “I have kids, man. It’s painful for them — and for me.”
Gilroy also worked on the script for Rogue One, a role that allowed him to challenge preconceived notions about Cassian, and about certain aspects of the Star Wars universe in general. “It’s upside down, or it’s sideways, or it’s the opposite of what you thought was true,” Gilroy explains. “Or it’s way more interesting than you had ever thought. Or that’s a lie and there’s a reason for it. I would say that there’s some surprises in store.”
Audiences will begin to discover those surprises when Andor premieres on Disney+ in 2022.
Source: Vanity Fair
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