Tony Gilroy has undertaken quite the challenge as he’s giving us a prequel to Rogue One focused on Diego Luna‘s Cassian Andor. Not only would it give us a more grounded storyline in the Star Wars universe, but it also has to compete with one of the franchise’s most visually compelling stories. As it turns out, Gilroy always had a very set idea on how to tackle it as he wanted to make this Disney+ series “about real people” as revealed in an interview with Variety.
I wanted to do it about real people. They’ve made all this IP about the royal family, in essence. It’s been great. But there’s a billion, billion, billion other beings in the galaxy. There’s plumbers and cosmeticians. Journalists! What are their lives like? The revolution is affecting them just as much as anybody else. Why not use the ‘Star Wars’ canon as a host organism for absolutely realistic, passionate, dramatic storytelling?Ton Gilroy
He goes on to highlight that he wants people to watch this show in a way that doesn’t require your knowledge from any previous entry in the franchise but still offers something for the hardcore Star Wars fans out there looking for those details that others might not notice.
You should be able to watch the show and not give a shit about ‘Star Wars’ ever, or [have ever] seen any ‘Star Wars. The show should work on its own. The hope, the dream, is that the really hardcore ‘Star Wars’ community will embrace the show in a new way — that they’ll be thrilled to have someone come in and completely uncynically get down molecularly in their world and treat it like a real thingTony Gilroy
He also goes on to highlight that while Star Wars has mostly been about adventure, this new entry isn’t made for “9-year-olds” but is his attempt at the first real adult storyline in the franchise.
I don’t think it’s a show for 9-year-olds, probably. Which is not to say the series doesn’t embrace its “Star Wars” roots. We are an adventure story. We are a thriller. And in a really abundant way, we’re creating a lot of IP. Some of it’s ground level: products and TV shows, all kinds of things. They’re all brand new.Tony Gilroy
So, if you’ve been hoping to get something a bit more grounded and adult in the Star Wars franchise, Gilroy may be the one offering you exactly that.