Star Wars Legends Planets Declared Canon by Lucasfilm

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A zoomed-in screenshot from Star Wars series Andor reveals that multiple planets are now part of the saga’s official, post-Disney canon again.

Lucasfilm’s Star Wars lore advisor Pablo Hidalgo recently confirmed that several planets from Legends continuity had their canonical status restored in Disney+ series Andor.

Hidalgo highlighted the planets’ inclusion in Andor Season 1, Episode 4, “Aldhani” on Twitter, retweeting a zoomed-in screenshot featuring their names translated from fictional language Aurebesh. Balfron and Jonsior were among the planets reinstated to the official Star Wars mythos for the first time in “Aldhani,” while several other Legends worlds (including Heir to the Empire‘s Sluis Van and Obroa-skai) had their new canon credentials further certified. Hidalgo added in a follow-up tweet that he supplied ILM’s visual effects artists with a list of 50 planet names, and they decided which were inserted into the finished episode’s Coruscant spaceport location.

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The spaceport was one of several environments constructed for Andor, which emphasized practical sets and location shooting over the virtual sets used by the likes of The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Star Adria Arjona raved about Andor‘s sets in a recent interview, noting their size and functionality. “The sets on Andor were enormous! They basically built a real, 360° city,” she said. “I could run anywhere. There was running water in the buildings! It was crazy.” Arjona added that Andor‘s production design did such a good job of evoking the established Star Wars aesthetic that it was impossible to forget she was now part of the long-running franchise.

Andor Showrunner Tony Gilroy Talks Season 2

The Disney+ series looked beyond Star Wars itself for inspiration, according to creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy. Gilroy previously explained that Andor takes its cues as much from real-world events as it does from the history of its “galaxy far, far away” setting. “It’s just so incredibly sad how easily available all of the things that seemed contemporaneously sad are through history, and that they just continue to repeat themselves,” Gilroy said. The showrunner cited the Russian Revolution and anti-Apartheid protests among the historical influences on Andor, particularly Season 1 finale’s explosive finale, “Rix Road.”

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Fans will have to wait until Andor Season 2 arrives to see what real-life incidents will inform its narrative next. However, recent remarks by Gilroy suggest they could be waiting awhile. The showrunner warned fans that the next batch of episodes probably won’t arrive until 2024 at the earliest unless Lucasfilm decides to increase the show’s budget. “The only place you can accelerate the processes is in [post-production], and the only way you can accelerate in post is with money, and money is tight,” Gilroy said. “So, I don’t really know, there would have to be some serious motivation next May or June or something.”

Andor Season 1 is currently streaming on Disney+.

Source: Twitter


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