At a Disney press event for “Andor” that Looper attended, Tony Gilroy was asked about the real-life inspiration for Cassian Andor’s homeworld, Ferrix.
Gilroy explained that it was his own childhood in Washingtonville, New York, a working-class city where kids as young as 12 went to work. From this, Gilroy designed Ferrix as a kind of utopian society with a simplified economy.
Gilroy was interested in getting to know Ferrix. “You have to play God,” he said. “They create a whole place, a whole culture and a fantastic maximum expression.”
It makes sense that Tony Gilroy would enjoy being able to flesh out Cassian Andor’s homeworld and society. Before Andor, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. it was brought on board for a substantial rewrite at the end of pre-production.
Before joining the galaxy of Star Wars projects, Tony Gilroy was mostly known for writing disturbing dramas such as Michael Clayton and the four Jason Bourne films. While all of these films definitely have detailed worlds and characters, creating an entire Star Wars planet is a whole different story. Gilroy seems to like it.