It’s not uncommon for sci-fi or fantasy films to use real-world locations as story centerpieces. But, we like to see an example of this phenomenon with an automotive connection. In episode 4 of star wars series Andorthe McLaren Technology Center replaces a terminal at Coruscant Spaceport.
The tweet below showcases the perfect side-by-side comparison of the locations. The curved glass wall is the most prominent similarity, but there are several other parallels. Pillars with thicker donut-shaped elements are also the same. The designers are transforming the balcony to the left of the McLaren image into an arrival and departure display board in the world of Star Wars.
Motor1.com contacted McLaren to have Andor copy the location, and apparently it came as a surprise to the company. “Thanks for reaching out – don’t think we were involved in this one,” a press rep told us.
Even though no one from Andor’s production team visited the McLaren Technology Center to create this showpiece, there were plenty of photos available to them for inspiration. The gallery below offers a glimpse inside the magnificent building.
In 2021, McLaren signed a sale-leaseback agreement for its headquarters. The deal with US firm Global Net Lease would have secured the carmaker £170m in funding. McLaren reportedly agreed to repay the money over 20 years.
star wars has a long history of using real-world things as inspirations for designs in a galaxy far, far away. The tweet above even shows another example of the same Andor episode.
Another example of this creative reinterpretation occurred in the Boba Fett book series. This sparked quite a bit of discussion (and some derision). Floating bikes in the style of 1960s Vespa and Lambretta scooters chased a vehicle with hints of various full-size American cars of the same era.
The Andor the series is a prequel to the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The main protagonist is the character Cassian Andor who becomes an important part of the growing rebellion against Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire. Right now, the series is supposed to air 24 episodes over two 12-episode seasons.