'Andor': Will Diego Luna return as Cassian in future projects? Actor says 'it would have to be someone else'
'Andor' star Diego Luna will star in 24 episodes (that's two seasons) but will not be reprising his role for future Star Wars projects. The actor confirmed the news even as the buzz around the 'Rogue One' prequel continues. The series follows the life and times of Cassian (Luna) who goes on to become the Rebellion's greatest asset before he meets a heroic end when he was just 26 on Scarif after the rebels plan to acquire the Death Star plans and hand it over to the Rebellion.
For those who haven't caught the first three episodes, the official synopsis reads, "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."
Will Diego Luna return as Cassian in 'Andor' Season 2, and other future projects?
While it is confirmed that Luna will reprise his role as the titular Rebel captain and intelligence officer in 'Andor' Season 2, the Mexican actor quashed all speculations of a return after the second installment. Speaking with EW's Dagobah Dispatch podcast, he hinted at a clear ending while also confirming that he would not return for future roles after his second season's stint. "No, impossible. It would have to be someone else, man," Luna said. "I'm not getting any younger, so it definitely would have to be someone else."
It does make sense considering that Luna, now 42 would make for a younger actor to play the part. The age serves as a massive difference and the only hope would be that his successor does justice to what Luna brought to the table. In terms of the show's direction, he said, "To me, I learned in my life that it's about living the present. It's about enjoying what you're doing," he said. "And for the sake of my mental health and clarity, I would say things need to have a beginning and an end for me to understand them and enjoy them and enjoy the ride. Until today I can tell you, I haven't gone into a project with that ambition of hoping it would last longer or it will go somewhere else than what I have in front of me."
'Andor' Episodes 1-3 are streaming on Disney+