Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor might have been a fan-favorite actor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, however, the Mexican actor, director, and producer didn't really expect that he'd end up in a Star Wars movie.
Speaking with fans during a recent panel discussing inclusivity in the Hollywood landscape, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Diego Luna recalled his shock in learning that Lucasfilm was interested in having him play such an important actor in a Star Wars film.
"When they called me, the first time, I said, 'Ah, no, you're f-cking with me. You want Gael [Garcia Bernal's] number, no?'" Luna said laughing. "They're like, 'No, it's you.' Then I met the director and he explained why it was me and he said, 'Because I like your films and I do care about stories you were telling in Latin America and I've seen all your films.' And I went, 'Perfect, amazing.' And then we just did a film, and then when the film came out, that's when I realized how much it meant to so many. To see a character who looked like them on screen and wasn't dying in Act Two and getting the protagonist very angry so he could save the world. No, in this case, the guy lasted until the end."
But that wasn't the only surprise. There was a whole lot of surprise when Lucasfilm announced that it was working on a Rogue One prequel spinoff series for Disney's upcoming streaming site. Star Wars fans weren't expecting another major television announcement from the studio after Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian.
Now, fans of Diego Luna's character can get to see Cassian live again, this time in a series that will feature the formative years of the Rebellion. Described as a spy thriller, the Rogue One spinoff is going to explore all sorts of stories filled with espionage and valorous expeditions that try to restore hope to the galaxy.
Right now the Rogue One prequel doesn't have any release date but we'll update everyone as soon as we get word.