Diego Luna Talks Star Wars: Andor!
Diego Luna recently sat down with THR to discuss his role in the upcoming Disney+ series, Star Wars: Andor, specifically speaking about what drew him to the Rogue One spinoff.
“I think it’s really interesting to tell a story even though we know where it ends,” Luna said. “The way you can approach a story like this inevitably takes you into a deeper process of reflection. I tend to use that word a lot. So once you know what Cassian is capable of, then there’s room for so much exploration, and that’s something that excites me a lot as an actor. I think the format of a series is amazing because we have a lot of time to explore all those layers.”
Luna’s character died at the end of Rogue One, an event the series will reflect on, according to the actor.
“What happens in Rogue One is something we can actually reflect on, and what’s behind something like [sacrificing an informant]. I think it’s a very interesting challenge, the one we have in front of us. So I’m really excited to go back to that character because I really enjoyed playing him, and I was really happy with what the film represents. Rogue One was a story of regular people. It was regular people doing incredible things, and in a way, it’s a film that reminds us of the power we all have if we have a conviction. So, yeah, I feel blessed to have the chance to revisit this role.”
The 12-episode series is set five years before the events of Rogue One and is described as a “tense nail-biting spy thriller.”
The cast for the series is set to feature the returns of Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly, Denise Gough, Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller, and Adria Arjona, with Alan Tudyk expected to return as Cassian’s droid sidekick K-2SO. While character details for Gough and Arjona’s roles are currently being kept under wraps, O’Reilly is set to return to her role of Republic senator and co-founder and leader of the Rebel Alliance Mon Mothma after first appearing in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith in a non-speaking role and then a more prominent supporting turn in Rogue One. She was also voiced by O’Reilly in Star Wars Rebels and Kath Soucie in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The Cassian Andor will be executive produced by Tony Gilroy, who previously directed the reshoots for Rogue One. Gilroy was originally expected to direct the three episodes but was forced to give up the position to Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes due to pandemic-related travel issues. However, he will still remain as the series’ showrunner and executive producer.
In Rogue One, a group of unlikely heroes bands together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in the film with Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, plus Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn. It remains to be seen if any of these characters will appear in the series.
Production on the series started less than three weeks ago in London. Andor will debut on Disney+ in 2022.