Diego Luna (Narcos) is set to resume his role as Rebel Alliance officer Cassian Andor in the upcoming Disney+ Rogue One series, with the streaming service hoping the Star Wars success of The Mandalorian (set to return in October for a second season) rides its way over to the next live-action series.
Without giving away too much "spoilage" out of respect for those of you reading this who haven't seen the film (????), the series focuses on Andor's adventures prior to the mission to steal the Death Star plans. Co-starring Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol, Firefly) as droid K-2SO, the seriew' spotlight will focus on Andor's adventures during the early days of the Rebellion – leading up to the events of the film.
But as excited as the fans might be for the series, Luna's even more excited to come back to the role. Sure, it helps that he knows the character and how his story ends – but let's be honest? For Luna, there's one thing bringing him back that would bring all of us back… the ship moves when you're "piloting" it!
As Luna explains to Rotten Tomatoes…
Earlier this month, Luna confirmed that filming on the project will take place this year: "Yes, we are doing it. We are doing it this year. It's happening, and I'm getting ready for it."
Though he knows "very little" about what the series has planned, he has read some of the scripts and is "really excited" by what he's seen: "I can't wait. It is really cool to tell a story where you already know the ending."
In fact, what's impressing him the most about the series so far is its ability to be engaging and unique – even when we know how it all ends:
"It is a different approach because of the beauty and it's how things happen. It's not just what happens. It's not the typical way of approaching a story. It's about how things happen, which in fact, is the same that happened in Rogue One. You know the ending, but you don't know how it happened, and we have that challenge in front of us again, which is exciting."
At the 2020 Sundance Film Festival last month, Luna discussed the advantages of the series when it comes to exploring Andor more fully: "It was hard to start a film knowing you were going to die so fast, but now we can talk about what happened earlier".
Luna is also looking forward to being back in the Star Wars universe and being given the creative time to tell Andor's story proper:
"I'm happy to be part of that universe because I grew up watching those films. Having a chance to explore the role in ten hours or as many hours as we get, it's going to be great."