Mon Mothma is set to return in the Star Wars spin-off series on Disney Plus. Genevieve O’Reilly will be reprising her role.
Things are heating up in the Star Wars universe. After it was revealed that a third season of The Mandalorian is already underway, we now have updates from another highly anticipated Star Wars spin-off.
The as-yet-untitled Cassian Andor show, starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, has added two new cast members. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney Plus series will see Genevieve O’Reilly reprise her role as Senator Mon Mothma, while Denise Gough joins the show in an unknown role.
The show is a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first film of the abandoned Star Wars anthology film series. The Disney Plus show follows Luna’s Rebel Alliance officer Cassian Andor and will be a ‘rousing spy thriller’.
Set five years prior to the events of the film, the show sees Cassian Andor team up with his crusty former Imperial droid K-2SO, voiced by Alan Tudyk. Luna, himself, is a huge Star Wars fan and has been effusive about returning to the character and the universe.
Andor and Mon Mothma shared several scenes in the film, and it’s no surprise that the character is being revived once again.
Rogue One gave O’Reilly’s Mon Mothma a new lease on life, after the scenes she had filmed were cut from the final version of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Recently, reports stated that Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller would also be joining the series. While this stellar cast is reassuring fans that the show will definitely go ahead, one can’t help but notice that of all the actors announced so far, Luna is the only actor of color.
It seems like the showrunners are making the same mistake of the film – embracing diversity but also attempting to capture the same landscape of the original trilogy. The lack of female fighters in the Rebel Alliance was a blatant misstep in a film that was triumphant in many other ways.
The film’s co-writer, Tony Gilroy, is one of the showrunners, so here’s hoping he helps the decision-makers choose wisely for the rest of the series.
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