Diego Luna opened up about the challenges facing the upcoming Star Wars series centered on Cassian Andor.
Lucasfilm’s plans for the Disney Plus streaming service include a series centered on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, the Rebel Alliance intelligence officer who led the unit responsible for stealing the Death Star plans in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Of course, the series will be set before the events of the standalone film due to the fact that Cassian Andor and the rest of the team met their tragic demise in the final moments of Rogue One.
While some might believe that knowing Cassian Andor’s fate would provide a challenge for the Star Wars series, Diego Luna revealed that it may benefit from fans being aware of how the character’s story ends. As Diego Luna explained during an interview with IndieWire, the writer’s can now focus on the storytelling as opposed to shocking twists:
“I can’t really talk about it. The thing I can tell you, and it’s a nice challenge and it’s a great way to approach a show, but what happens when you already know the ending? Then it becomes about the story. Everything is in how you tell the story and how many different layers you can find. This can’t be a show now where at the end we surprise you with like, ‘Oh no it wasn’t him!’ We’ve already seen the ending.”
Diego Luna noted that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story benefited from this challenge as well:
“If you think about it, ‘Rogue One’ started with the same task. The last scene of ‘Rogue One’ is a scene we all know. It makes another part of your brain work [as a storyteller]. You can’t use the same formulas for storytelling you’ve known all your life with this because it’s very different. The big thing is now we start with a character that people already know what he’s capable of.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Rogue One:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay co-written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD while Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor prequel series is expected to be released on Disney Plus in 2021.