For those interested in watching Andor without knowing anything about the Star Wars universe, worry not! The show’s producer, Sanne Wohlenberg, reiterates that Andor is the ‘perfect introduction’ to the Star Wars universe.
Speaking with Screen Rant, Andor producer Sanne Wohlenberg explains why viewers don’t have to know Star Wars to enjoy the show, and in fact, points to Andor for being a ‘great introduction’ to the Star Wars universe. Wohlenberg even compares watching the show as being similar to letting the audience have their own take on it by immersing themselves into the world first, rather than spoon-feeding them what Star Wars is all about. Check out his full quote below:
“We are hugely respectful to the franchise, and at all times aware that it is a really important part of working well within this [Star Wars framework]. Yet the series dares to show us a different side, have a different focus, and be more character-driven and on the ground. To go to the kitchen, rather than always be in the restaurant being served.”
Andor tells the origin story of Cassian (played by Diego Luna), who was first introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where Cassian was willing to do whatever it takes to help the Rebellion, even so far as to kill those close to him. While in Andor, it explores further where Cassian embarks on the path that eventually leads him into becoming a rebel hero.
Wohlenberg continues to reiterate that, as far as anybody who did not grow up watching the Star Wars franchise, Andor is a good starting series.
“We were aware that we were pushing things, but really believing in it and hoping that we get this right; that it becomes this whole comprehensive thing. That we will get the fans to come on this journey with us, and hopefully find new fans. I think it is a series where, if you know nothing about Star Wars, you will hugely enjoy it too. You don’t have to know everything that happened; you can discover the Star Wars franchise through Andor. And that was also something that was exciting, to maybe find some new fans by daring to do that. We had a clear joint focus and hoped we would pull it off, and I think we did.”