[Video] We Ask Andor Star Diego Luna If He Could Get Donnie Yen To Reprise Rogue One Role In The Star Wars Spin-Off Series
Diego Luna goes from trafficking dope in Narcos: Mexico to fighting for hope in the Disney+ series Andor, a prequel to 2016's Rogue One.
Diego Luna is back in a galaxy far, far away.
The last time he was there, it didn’t end well. In 2016’s Rogue One — set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope — Luna’s Cassian Andor was part of a motley crew tasked to smuggle the Death Star blueprints to the Rebel Alliance. The mission was a (spoiler!) success…ish. The plans made it out, but the team — which also includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmad, Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang — didn’t. (Cue ‘The Last Post’.)
But that didn’t stop the Mexican-born actor from being invited back to the sandbox for another go — in another prequel, of course.
Set around five years before the events of Rogue One, Andor looks at the eponymous freedom fighter’s early days and how his revolutionary beliefs are shaped during a tumultuous period that saw the rise of the Empire.
“Rogue One is a film about an event,” says Luna, 42, at the Andor virtual press conference. “You don’t get to know those characters. You don’t get to understand exactly where they come from.” But with the series — created by Tony Gilroy, a veteran of Rogue One and the Jason Bourne movies — viewers will get a clearer picture of these rebels and what drove them to do what they do.
The show is not only about Andor but also about the burgeoning resistance movement as seen as through the eyes of Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), the senator who becomes a key Rebel Alliance figure (in Rogue One and the Original Trilogy).
That said, there’s a huge chunk of narrative real-estate, packed with political intrigue and espionage action, to cover in the first season, which consists of 12 episodes — the most for a Star Wars streaming series. (The Mandalorian has only eight episodes per season.)
Season 1 will track Andor’s exploits in the first year whereas the recently greenlit Season 2 will look at the remaining four years across 12 more episodes.
Gilroy assures us that you don’t need to be a Star Wars devotee to get into Andor. “A lot of people that are Star Wars-adjacent or Star Wars-averse, you should be able to watch our show,” says Gilroy.
He continues, “Our show is designed in such a way that this could be your entry point to Star Wars. You could watch our 24 episodes — that could be your way in. We’re doing a show that does not require any prior knowledge whatsoever to get involved.
"And our hope is — I mean that’s the gamble — can we also satisfy and electrify and excite the dedicated fans?”
Now that Gilroy is working on Season 2, would he consider squeezing in a storyline or two for Andor’s other Rogue One alums, like Donnie Yen’s blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe?
In a video interview with 8days.sg, we ask Luna, who’s also the executive producer (so he has some creative say, right?), if there’s room in Season 2 to bring back Yen, and what he thinks of his own action figure.
Andor is now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes dropping every Wednesday.
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