Genevieve O'Reilly Discusses Tony Gilroy's Vision and Working with Stellan Skarsgard on Andor

Genevieve O'Reilly Discusses Tony Gilroy's Vision and Working with Stellan Skarsgard on Andor ...

Andor is a two-season game that launches on Disney+ on September 21st, while Genevieve O'Reilly will begin the season five on a year basis, with episodes four through six on a year four, seven through nine on year four, and the final episodes on year five. The intention is to conclude episode twelve before Rogue One begins.

O'Reilly talked about why she loved showrunner Tony Gilroys' writing, how Andor takes place before the rebellion is fully formed, getting to work with Stellan Skarsgard, the incredible production design, and more.

Forest Whitaker returns to the show as Saw Gerrera, along with newcomers Adria Arjona (Bix Caleen), Denise Gough, and Robert Emms. Toby Haynes, Ben Caron, and Susanna White will direct the 12-episode first season of Andor.

Genevieve O'Reilly's statement may be seen above, or you may read our conversation here.

COLLIDER: I want to begin with a big congrats on the series. I've seen the first four episodes, and they're fantastic. What I love most is that there are no Skywalkers, Jedis, desert planets, or lightsabers. It's focusing on a completely different place in the Star Wars universe. Can you elaborate on that?

GENEVIEVE OREILLY: Well, that's Tony Gilroy's vision, and his writing and the time in time that he's chosen to set this is at the core of what you're talking about. He's written the Bourne films, and he's written Michael Clayton. We know that he writes so beautifully and intricately and skillfully the spy genre. And that's the world we're in investing in with Andor.

But at the time we meet them, I don't think we've really discovered much or wrestled with much within the timeline of Star Wars. And that is where there is not quite a rebellion yet. We're so used to having the empire versus rebellion. But they are not linked in any way. They are so different.

There is an awareness that there is an oppressive regime and that Palpatine is on the road to autocracy, but there is no collective rebellion at this stage. It's a bit murky. We're playing in a world where players have to delve deeply within gray areas in order to connect.

From what I understand, your character has had a lot of stuff in the Star Wars novels, and a lot of things have happened. Have you read any of it, and has Tony incorporated any of the book stuff into the series? Do you know?

OREILLY: I haven't read the books. I've been a part of this for a while and I certainly have played her different roles, but I don't know the novels. I'm not sure what Tony has excavated for source material.

It's absolutely brilliant. Stellan Skarsgard has a great scene. I'm not going to give anything away, but it's just, it's very well done. Can you elaborate on working with him as a scene partner?

OREILLY: I think you're talking about the moment when we first meet Mon Mothma in this series. And we meet her at Luthen's gallery. Now, Stellan Skarsgard plays Luthen, who's quite an enigmatic character in this. And he meets him, and it's at once familiar, but also, it's quite public. We meet a Senator, and we know her as a gallery owner.

What's remarkable is that within half a scene, we remove the layers and they enter a private space. It's multifaceted. The joy of that as an actor to be able to play within a scene the public and the private, and to do it together with such taught dialogue, it's like swordplay. We had so much fun together. He's an exceptional actor, and he's a wonderful human being.

The setting itself is incredible, and I hope that the work by Luke Hall is as stunning for viewers as it was and was for us to play in it. Everything in that gallery space is a work of art. And when you look at it, you can see not just the artistry of Luke and the craftsmen, but you can also see the different timelines that inhabit all of the planets in Star Wars.

Andor is available on Disney+ starting on September 21st, with the first three episodes.

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