Many Star Wars fans have noticed the franchise’s parallels with real-life historical events. As it turns out, however, they’ll soon be seeking inspiration from more modern events. In particular, it looks like the upcoming Star Wars Disney Plus series Andor will be taking inspiration from Donald Trump and his use of politics.
This was noted by star Fiona Shaw who revealed as much in an interview with Empire. She specifically claimed that the series is “a great, scurrilous [take] on the Trumpian world.”
This is certainly an interesting path for a Star Wars series to take, and Fiona Shaw further explained just what that means.
As she stated:
“Tony has written a great, scurrilous [take] on the Trumpian world. Our world is exploding in different places right now, people’s rights are disappearing, and Andor reflects that. [In the show] the Empire is taking over, and it feels like the same thing is happening in reality, too.”
The series takes place during one of the darkest time periods of the Star Wars franchise. As such, it makes sense that it will be utilizing some real-world events as inspiration. Especially those that are more current than past influences. In fact, it looks like this new series will be tackling some mixed lines between right and wrong.
“I was impressed by Tony’s social-realist intentions. He’s created a whole new morality. It’s very deep and humane – there is grief, mourning, hope, fear. It’s not just primary colours here.”
Tony Gilroy is definitely known for the political themes in his works. It’s fitting then that his second Star Wars project would be of that same nature. Especially one that will be exploring the galaxy as it’s ruled by the Empire.
“Andor comes from the same place as everything else that’s come out of this office. Clayton, the Bournes, The Devil’s Advocate, now this… It’s all full-on drama.”
Furthermore, she hinted that this Donald Trump-inspired take on Star Wars will be quite dark. In fact, she called Tony “sick” for having created such an “amazing” narrative.
“Even as Tony was pitching me, I was like, ‘This is amazing. You are sick.’”
It certainly sounds as though this will be an exciting addition to Star Wars lore. Especially if it explores as many boundaries and underutilized areas as Fiona Shaw suggests.
Showrunner Tony Gilroy created the series. Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna, and Michelle Rejwan are the executive producers.
While Diego Luna returns to portray the titular character Cassian Andor, the cast also includes Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller.
The upcoming series Andor will be available for Star Wars fans to stream via Disney Plus on August 31.