If Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t satisfy your appetite for (mediocre) Star Wars content, the new trailer for Andor gives us a taste of what to expect when the series launches with an initial three-episode Disney+ drop on September 21. Saying that, after the sanitised exercise in banality that was The Book of Boba Fett and then Ewan MacGregor’s well-meaning but underwhelming return to a galaxy far, far away, it’s growing increasingly difficult to get excited about each successive attempt from Disney to inject some life back into this once all-conquering franchise.
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Maybe we’re being a little harsh. Obi-Wan, while underwhelming, still had some cool moments and as this new series is a prequel spin-off from Rogue One – a film with enough grit to it to make it one of the stronger efforts within Disney’s Star Wars output – it’s possible Andor will deliver for fans.
The series sees the return of Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor as he starts off on his journey of rebellion against the Empire – he’s that chap who (spoilers) died alongside Felicity Jones at the end of Rogue One. In the trailer, we see the Rebellion starting to form as well as a glimpse of the Galactic Senate for the first time since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. The highlight for us, though, has to be the sideburns on display at around the 1:21 mark, the likes of which haven’t been seen in the Star Wars universe since Don Henderson was choked by Darth Vader all the way back in 1977.
Whether Andor can revitalise Star Wars remains to be seen, but it’s encouraging to hear that much of the show was filmed on location, rather than using the studio trickery of the Volume to create the space around the actors. The Volume is a curved cocoon of glowing LED screens that responds to camera location and creates realistic-looking backgrounds for the actors to stand in front of in real time. While it’s undoubtedly an impressive cinematic innovation, we still feel that when overused it creates an artificial feeling on screen, so it still can’t beat footage that’s shot in a real location.
The first three episodes of Andor will be available to Disney+ subscribers from September 21. If you’ve been living under a rock, check out How to Watch the Star Wars Movies in Chronological Order.