ANDOR Showrunner Tony Gilroy Says He's "Not A Fan Fan" Of STAR WARS But Hopes To Bring Realism To The Galaxy

ANDOR Showrunner Tony Gilroy Says He's "Not A Fan Fan" Of STAR WARS But Hopes To Bring Realism To The Galaxy ANDOR Showrunner Tony Gilroy Says He's "Not A Fan Fan" Of STAR WARS But Hopes To Bring Realism To The Galaxy

Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy has admitted to not being a hardcore Star Wars fan, and shares his hopes to deliver a real, grounded take on the Galaxy Far, Far Away with the upcoming Rogue One spinoff...

By JoshWilding - Aug 13, 2022 03:08 PM EST
Filed Under: Cassian Andor
Source: sffgazette.com

Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Deborah Chow, for example, are all die-hard Star Wars fans, which is why it makes sense for them to be in charge of shows like The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Andor's showrunner doesn't exactly count himself among those who eat, breathe, and sleep the iconic franchise. 

Talking to SFX Magazine (via SFFGazette.com), Gilroy confessed that he's "not a fan fan" of Star Wars, though he didn't elaborate. However, we probably shouldn't cast too much doubt on his credentials as the filmmaker did co-write Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and that's considered one of the franchise's best movies.

Andor taking place around the same time as Star Wars Rebels and the Star Wars: Jedi video games has left fans eager to see some big character crossovers during the course of the show, but does Gilroy have the know-how to deliver? Luckily, it sounds like there's help on hand.

"Within Star Wars, within Wookiepedia, there’s got to be four or five levels of canon," he explains. "There’s film canon, cartoon canon, fan-fiction canon and all these different things - and for the larger issues we deal with [Star Wars Lore Advisor] Pablo Hidalgo."

It's hard to say what this means for the series, and while it's clearly going to be a very important chapter in the Star Wars mythos, it may also be largely standalone in nature. In other words, don't hold your breath for any huge cameos like Cal Kestis or the Rebels crew. Ultimately, for Gilroy, telling a "real" story proved to be most important to the showrunner. 

"Our show is about ordinary people. They're behind the scenes, they’re going to build the road to the revolution. We’re really in the kitchen with these people – our people are back there washing dishes, so canon might be happening off stage, but what's happening for them is something completely different. That’s the overriding manifesto for our show - make it real."

Recently, Lucasfilm took to social media to share the release schedule for Andor. As you can see, we're getting three episodes on September 21 with the finale dropping on November 23. 

It's going to be a busy couple of months for Star Wars fans, that's for sure!
 

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bobevanz
bobevanz - 8/13/2022, 3:02 PM
I expect so much shaky cam and snap shots of people saying, "Oh my God it's Cassian Andor!" Also [frick] Pablo, fat hack
Fogs
Fogs - 8/13/2022, 4:35 PM
@bobevanz - I hate that. I know I'm the minority but all this grittiness doesn't fit SW IMO. Not a Rogue One fan and doubt I’ll like this one as well.
Tasmaniac
Tasmaniac - 8/13/2022, 5:29 PM
@Fogs - Right there with you. I actually fell asleep during Rogue One.
AmazingFILMporg
AmazingFILMporg - 8/13/2022, 3:02 PM
I think he means his life doesn't revolve around star wars. Kinda like Nolan being a fan of Batman but wasn't a diehard💁
MyCoolYoung
MyCoolYoung - 8/13/2022, 3:05 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - that's really what I got out of it. No big deal really
dracula
dracula - 8/13/2022, 3:04 PM
Well this show is off to a good start..............
Origame
Origame - 8/13/2022, 3:11 PM
I'll take it over taika waititi who can't even be bothered to watch the movies when working on star wars.
Origame
Origame - 8/13/2022, 7:21 PM
@Sabre81 - yup
Sabre81
Sabre81 - 8/13/2022, 8:21 PM
@Origame - I was shocked when I first read about it. I mean, FFS, she was a main character in the Prequels. Would have been funny if it were Keira Knightly becuase not many people may realise she was Padme's decoy, but forgetting Portman is tragic.
Origame
Origame - 8/13/2022, 8:32 PM
@Sabre81 - exactly. Like even my sister who hasn't seen star wars knows Natalie Portman was in the prequels. And it's hardly an obscure fact. She's one of the main characters.
Sabre81
Sabre81 - 8/13/2022, 9:17 PM
@Origame - It's the oddest thing I've heard in such a long time. Working with an actress for a while and not knowing her full filmography and being assigned to a Star Wars project without at least knowing the films.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 8/13/2022, 3:13 PM
Don't need to a fan fan in my opinion, especially if there are also people working on the show that are. Better to have both that just one or none.

Think him bringing general movie/tv influences into the project might actually be better even, because otherwise we'd just end up with one long fan service show.
Spidey91
Spidey91 - 8/13/2022, 3:14 PM
an outside-the-fandom perspective is exactly what SW needs from time to time
CorndogBurglar
CorndogBurglar - 8/13/2022, 7:52 PM
@Spidey91 - Thats exactly how we got The Last Jedi.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 8/13/2022, 3:15 PM
Refreshing
RichardGrayson
RichardGrayson - 8/13/2022, 3:15 PM
I was not a fan of Rogue One at all. It’s near the bottom of the pile for me along with Solo and The Last Jedi.

Not really excited for this, but I’ll watch it because I am a “fan fan” of Star Wars
marvel72
marvel72 - 8/13/2022, 5:48 PM
@RichardGrayson - Rogue One for me is the fourth best Star Wars movie, definitely the best from Disney.
LSHF
LSHF - 8/13/2022, 8:02 PM
@RichardGrayson - There were some things I liked about it, including the way Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) would use his faith in the "force", instead of just the Jedi's using the force as a focus of their faith. I have no idea if I worded that accurately.
Shivermetimbers
Shivermetimbers - 8/13/2022, 8:36 PM
@RichardGrayson - it was the best modern Star Wars movie. Too bad you couldn’t enjoy it.
solskulldeath
solskulldeath - 8/13/2022, 10:19 PM
@RichardGrayson - I'm sorry,rouge one is one of the best star wars movie. I guess you can't enjoy it because you're a big fan of jar jar Binks and was hoping that jar jar Binks were in this movie
RichardGrayson
RichardGrayson - 8/13/2022, 11:34 PM
@solskulldeath - lol yeah you caught me…
Luke8
Luke8 - 8/13/2022, 3:20 PM
The best religious films are made by those who aren’t devout i.e. The Last Temptation of Christ and The Prince of Egypt. Maybe it’ll be the same with Andor.
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