Genevieve O’Reilly Teases Mon Mothma’s Journey In ‘Andor’

Andor won't be the only familiar character in the series...

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Andor star Genevieve O’Reilly recently discussed Mon Mothma’s role in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel.

Despite following Cassian Andor, the upcoming Star Wars series will feature plenty of new faces. However, another familiar character who will be explored further is Mon Mothma. Genevieve O’Reilly first played the Rebel leader in a cut Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith scene. Years later and the actress reprised the role in Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels. Caroline Blakiston first played the character in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

The Rise of Mon Mothma

Andor is set to feature even more insight into Mon Mothma’s political dealings and her rise to the top position in the Rebel Alliance. Genevieve O’Reilly teased during the show’s global press conference where her story starts in Andor:

“I think the most exciting things about Mon Mothma is the bravery and where Tony has decided to begin. We meet Mon Mothma in a place we’ve never seen her before. We meet a woman steeped in Empire, navigating a very male-dominated Empire with a very powerful Emperor Palpatine at the top of it. Previously, in Rogue One or at other times, we’ve seen around maybe people with different opinions but with like-minded Rebels.”

Genevieve O’Reilly continued to hint at the obstacles Mon Mothma will encounter as she builds a rebellion under the Empire’s nose:

“We find her in Andor very alone, living in a world of orthodoxy and construct. We see a woman who has had to navigate her ideals and her beliefs within systems of oppression. And so, we find her in a place we’ve never seen her before. We find her in a bit of a gilded cage. And so, what I’m excited for is for us to travel that story with her. To journey with her as a woman and finding her voice, like Diego said, reaching for voices that are fighting for similar things. Finding community, finding collaborators to be able to eventually be the leader that she becomes in Rogue One. So, there’s a journey to travel and I’m excited for people to hop on that train with us.”

Here is the synopsis for Andor:

“The “Andor” series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.”

Andor stars Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly. Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, Stephen Schiff, and Beau Willimon served as the writers of the Star Wars series while Toby Haynes, Susanna White, and Benjamin Caron directed the episodes.

Andor will premiere Disney Plus on September 21, 2022, with three episodes. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the series, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more great video content!

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.