Even Diego Luna Didn’t Think Star Wars Needed To Make His Andor Series

By Dan Lawrence | Published

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Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

When the star of your new series makes an admission that they aren’t sure whether it should even be made, it is probably the last thing you want to hear, no? However, that is precisely what has happened with the upcoming Disney+ series Andor. We got this covered reports that leading man Diego Luna didn’t think Star Wars needed to make his Andor series.

When Andor was announced in December 2020, it was somewhat an out-of-left-field creative decision made by Disney and Lucasfilm. A prequel series focusing on Rebel Spy Cassian Andor? Here was a character that had first appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016 and had met his fatal doom by the time the credits rolled. Fans would have thought that was the end for Andor and so did the man behind the character, Diego Luna. Luna spoke of his reservations regarding the Andor series in an interview with Den of geek; “I went through so many stages, different ones of thinking this wasn’t happening, there was no need for something like this.” Ominous words from the man who is the face of a series that is arriving on Disney’s streaming service on August 31.

However, the bosses at Disney and Lucasfilm needn’t fear too much about Diego Luna and his reservations. Luna turned his opinion around, stating that not only is the show worth doing, but it has a genuine place within culture and society. he also said it had a valid point to communicate to the audience. “It’s difficult to find out where he comes from because obviously he’s been forced to move. And today, the story of a refugee is a story that is very pertinent to the world and where we find it.”

Those latter comments form Diego Luna will mean a collective sigh of relief at Lucasfilm HQ which is just as well as a massive commitment has been made to the Andor series. First off, the first season will be the longest of any with a dozen episodes, twice as many as the limited run given to Obi-Wan Kenobi and five more than The Book of Boba Fett. Second, Disney and Lucasfilm have already committed to a second 12 episode series to continue the Andor story. There has also been speculation that the original plan for Andor included a whopping five seasons, but in reality it is more likely that the show will have a three season arc.

From wondering whether a show need to even exist to a potential three to five season run is quite the leap and Diego Luna and Lucasfilm must know that they’re onto a winner to commit to a project so wholeheartedly, even if the premise is a little bit niche. Shows like The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka are all a given thanks to each character’s immense popularity in the Star Wars Saga in years gone by. Cassian Andor’s one and done appearance in Rogue One may on paper seem like a shaky foundation to build your biggest series yet on, but harking back to Star Wars’ origins on Disney+ reveals that maybe Andor isn’t the gamble some – including Diego Luna at one time – think it is. The Mandalorian took a character we had never seen before who seldom shows his face and kicked things off for Star Wars on Disney+ in huge style. Perhaps Andor will be able to follow suit.