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Kevin Smith Discusses How Andor Expands The Star Wars Universe

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BY October 4, 2022

Famous director and screenwriter Kevin Smith discussed the new Star Wars spin-off, Andor. The Disney series has had a favorable reception, generating excellent fan reviews. Smith highlights how Andor manages to expand the Star Wars universe itself. According to the director, this is the first time this has happened.

Star Wars Andor Image via Disney+

Smith is a dire and recognized director and screenwriter who makes himself heard through his reviews and opinions. Therefore, the board of this Star Wars show is attentive to what Smith has to say.

Kevin Smith Thinks Andor Expands Star Wars

Disney’s Andor focuses its plot on Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, who Diego Luna portrays. The show premiered this past month on Disney’s streaming platform. Andor’s story takes place before the events of Rogue One. The events happen between the prequels and Star Wars (1977). According to Smith, this is one of the less explored periods since Disney eliminated the original extended Star Wars canon established in the comics, video games, and books.

The series we see comes from Tony Gilroy, the filmmaker behind Michael Clayton, who delved into this under-explored period. In an episode of Fatman Beyond, Smith and co-host Marc Bernardin discussed Andor. Smith confessed that he was indeed not interested in Andor, but the first few episodes really made an impact and hooked him immediately. He stated, “Number one, I trust this man to do anything because Michael Clayton is one of the greatest films ever made.” Smith thinks Tony Gilroy is one of the best, so he knows he will do his best for Star Wars.

He said, “That being said, this f—ing show is dope. This was the f—ing show that I had no interest in whatsoever. I’m like Andor? He dies! Why the f-k would I care?” He continued, “And this is the first show that I really feel like kind of expands the SW universe. We’re not on Tattooine, we’re not necessarily dealing with a Skywalker story. Yes, the Empire is this gathering storm, but here in the outskirts, the rebellion slowly begins. I had no idea I would like it as much as I do. And it’s doing things no other Star Wars things have done. For example – casual overnight sex. How about that?”

A Huge Star Wars fan

With such statements, Smith demonstrates great enthusiasm for the show’s development. He’s interested in the plot and the return to unexplored periods, which will undoubtedly give Star Wars a new repositioning. Especially with the introduction of themes rarely explored in other shows.

Kevin Smith has proven that he’s a diehard Star Wars (and now Andor) fan. His love for this universe has been evident since the beginning of his career. We could even appreciate his Star Wars reference in the first Clerks. This dedicated screenwriter and director has been ahead of his time and is considered one of the best independent film critics. His track record includes making films like Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks III, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Director Kevin Smith Image via Gage Skidmore from Flickr

In every Clerks movie, when the second act arrives, there is necessarily a scene where each character talks about Star Wars. That makes Smith’s opinion very important, not only because of his background but because he has openly followed Star Wars throughout his career.

Let’s hope that in terms of visuals, tone, and plot, Andor will continue to captivate fans already familiar with the Star Wars universe. The latex alien outfits, stormtroopers in plastic suits, humanoids in nondescript uniforms, and the vast and exotic landscapes we all get caught up in will continue entertaining us for a long time.

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