Diego Luna interview: ‘Andor’

“I love ‘Star Wars,’ I’ve watched ‘Star Wars’ for my whole life,” reveals Diego Luna, the star of the latest and most critically acclaimed live action “Star Wars” project since the film it presages, the 2016 spin-off “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” For our recent webchat he adds about the thrill of being a part of this universe, “now I have kids I’m glad there’s room for new things, for something different to this universe and I am happy to be part of that.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

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“Andor” is the fourth Disney+ live-action series in the “Star Wars” franchise (after “The Mandalorian,” “The Book of Boba Fett” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi”), serving as a prequel to “Rogue One” (2016) and by extension also to the original Oscar-winning classic “Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977). Luna, who serves as an executive producer on the series, reprises his role from “Rogue One” as the titular thief-turned-Rebel spy Cassian Andor. The series focuses on his origin story over the five years leading up to his ultimate sacrifice at the end of “Rogue One,” when Cassian and fellow renegade Jyn Erso (Oscar nominee Felicity Jones) successfully stole and transmitted the top-secret Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance led by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).

The sci-fi prequel series was created by Tony Gilroy (who was also pivotal in getting “Rogue One” made, by directing re-shoots and reworking its screenplay), with an ensemble cast including Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Emmy nominee Fiona Shaw (“Killing Eve,” “Fleabag”), Emmy nominee Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”), Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Faye Marsay, Varada Sethu and Elizabeth Dulau. Luna has recently scored Best Drama Actor nominations from the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards, which also nominated the show in the Best Drama Series category.

“We are very proud of the first season,” Luna declares about the overwhelmingly positive feedback about the series. “We are really pleased that audiences are liking the show so much and celebrating the show,” noting that being involved in such a high profile production like “Andor” is “crazy man, it’s crazy, crazy, crazy!” The series’ highly anticipated second and final season of 12 episodes is currently in production in London, and while Luna is understandably coy on any details of what fans can expect for next season, he is visibly excited about what he has seen so far. “If we really think about this, since ‘Rogue One’ to the point where we finish this second season, it’ll be more than 10 years of our life, you know? It’s a long time, but I’m glad that it pays off, and we do it with patience and this rigor. We are not rushing Season 2. We are doing it the same way we did Season 1. We respect our work and we respect the fans and we’re going to try to aim to what we did, or better at least.”

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