Disney+’s fast-approaching Star Wars series Andor will provide viewers an intimate look at the personal life of fan-favored Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly).
While it has long been recognized that Mon Mothma might be a main player in Andor, O’Reilly recently unfolded about how precisely the Rogue One prequel series will explore her Star Wars character. “We really get to develop her as a character, and we get to learn about her not just as a senator, but as a woman,” she told
“[We learn] what her life is like, what she has to wrestle with, what are the dangers to her life, what it costs to be her. [Showrunner Tony Gilroy’s] writing is so intricate and so taut. It lives in this world of the spy genre, of a sociopolitical drama, and yet it is set within a Star Wars world. So it feels universal and intimate all at once,” the actor continued. “We see her talking to senators, and then we meet her at home with her husband. We see the public and the private. We see her literally and figuratively take off her cloak and reveal herself as a woman in a way we’ve never seen before.”
Elsewhere in the interview, O’Reilly discussed the scene from Return of the Jedi wherein Mon Mothma — then performed by Caroline Blakiston — knowledgeable the Rebellion that “many Bothans died” at the same time as retrieving key intel for the combat towards the Empire. “I was always interested in her, and each time I go to play her, I go back to that scene,” O’Reilly said. “You can see when Caroline does that in that scene, for me, there was always a pain at the heart of it. You could see that she was carrying a pain, and I was really curious about what that was. What has happened in this woman’s life? What has it cost to be her? What are the sacrifices that she has had to make along the way to be that leader of a rebellion?”
Star Wars’ Mon Mothma Was a Key Rebel Leader
A Republic Senator became Rebel Alliance leader and eventual Chancellor of the New Republic, Mon Mothma has regarded in diverse portions of Star Wars media over the years. The aforementioned Blakiston originated the role in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. O’Reilly later portrayed Mon Mothma in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, though her talking scenes had been in the end cut from the final movie.
O’Reilly finally reprised the function in the 2016 anthology movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which takes place simply earlier than the events of the original Star Wars movie from 1977. O’Reilly additionally voiced Mon Mothma in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, with Kath Soucie having voiced the character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Of course, Rogue One additionally starred Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, a high-level Rebel secret agent serving below Mon Mothma. Luna reprises his role in Andor, which explores Cassian’s origins. Andor premieres its first 3 episodes Wednesday, Sept. 21 on Disney+. The show is slated to run for a total of seasons, which includes 12 episodes each. Season 1 takes place 5 years prior to the events of Rogue One, with Season 2 covering the following 4 years.