Diego Luna on ‘Andor’ Success: ‘It’s Been Celebrated Because It’s Different’

To many “Star Wars” fans, “Andor” represents one of the first real examples of Disney’s expanded “Star Wars” universe living up to its potential.

When the company first acquired Lucasfilm, there was plenty of excitement surrounding its promise to explore more obscure characters in a galaxy far, far away through film and television projects outside of the flagship trilogies.

But while there have certainly been critical high points, many of the previous Disney-produced spinoffs have been dismissed as little more than retreads of the franchise’s greatest hits.But not “Andor.” The Tony Gilroy-helmed series has earned overwhelming critical praise for its uncompromising portrayal of impoverished people in the “Star Wars” universe living under the rule of an oppressive Empire.

While so many previous “Star Wars” projects have followed heroes destined for great things, “Andor” focuses on the everyday lives of the people most affected by the Empire’s evil deeds.

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