'Andor': Diego Luna on playing Cassian again in 'Star Wars' prequel, 'I let the guy go, I mourned'
'The first day was so weird, it felt almost like a dream,' the 42-year-old said when asked about his day one on the sets of 'Andor'
It wasn't easy for Diego Luna to reprise his role as Cassian Andor in the much-anticipated 'Andor'series slated to release this September. The character was first seen in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' as a key player in helping the rebels acquire the Death Star plans and hand it to the rebellion. He ultimately perished with Jyn Orso (Felicity Jones) although the mission was a success, now Luna is back in a prequel that traces his life and times as he makes his way up the ladder as one of the rebellion's greatest spies to have ever lived.
Here's a quick read of the official logline, "The Andor series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero."
In an interview with THR, Luna opened up on suiting to play Cassian again. "The first day was so weird. It felt almost like a dream," he said. "When you have a perspective that you are living the dream, but also witnessing the moment from afar and judging yourself, that’s what happened to me. I was there and not there at the same time. I talked about it for years, literally two or three years before we started shooting, but just being there, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve dreamed about the [Rogue One] experience, because it was so unique and bizarre and interesting and different to anything I’ve done before, so being back there was a very weird feeling."
He also added, "Probably. I let the guy go. I mourned. I even had ceremonies to talk about him. (Laughs.) And then there I was, being Cassian again. But I was also coming out of the worst time of confinement during the pandemic. So it wasn’t just the weirdness of going back to play a guy whose death I already played, but it was also because I was coming out of many months of being the most stationery I’ve been since I was a baby."
'Andor' releases September 21 on Disney+