Star Wars: Andor’s Diego Luna on what drew him to return to the role

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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Thanks to the success of The Mandalorian, anticipation is extremely high for all of Lucasfilm's Star Wars projects in development for Disney+. Among the many Star Wars shows in the works right now is Star Wars: Andor, a prequel series to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that will find Diego Luna reprising his role of Cassian Andor. Production on Star Wars: Andor has been underway for several weeks, and although we don't know all that much about the series just yet, Luna recently spoke with THR about his excitement at returning to the franchise.

"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 continued:

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.

In addition to Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, the new series will also star Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma. Alan Tudyk is also expected to reprise his role as K-2SO, the reprogrammed Imperial droid. Much like The Mandalorian, I would imagine that Star Wars: Andor will be making use of the ground-breaking Stagecraft technology, but Diego Luna wasn't about to spill anything. "I have to be very careful in the way I answer everything," Luna said with a laugh. "The way we’re shooting this reminds me of how we shot the film, and the amount of work behind this TV series reminds me of the work you do for a film. It feels like we’re doing a very long movie." Star Wars: Andor will debut on Disney+ sometime in 2022.

Source: THR

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