Diego Luna on how the series is about ordinary people trying to survive

With Andor Coming to Disney+ on September 21, I was recently able to speak with diego moon about doing the newest Star Wars Serie. During the interview, Luna talked about how Andor is about people trying to survive on both sides of the fight, why making the series on Disney+ allowed them to do things that couldn’t be done in a movie, how the showrunner Tony Gilroy he tried to make everything as real as possible, and how the show is a very intimate journey of the characters.

Andor is a two-season event that begins five years before the events of rogue one. The first season will cover one year, while the second season will cover the next four years in 3-episode blocks. Which means episodes one through three will be year two, episodes four through six will be year three, episodes seven through nine will be year four, and the final episodes will be year five and the plan is to end episode twelve just before. rogue one begin.


Besides Moon, Andor features the return of Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma and Whitaker Forest as Saw Gerrera. Newcomers to the series include Stellan Skårsgård, Adriana Arjona, Kyle Soller, Denise GoughY Robert Emms. The 12-episode first season will feature episodes directed by toby haynes, Ben CaronY susana white.

See what Diego Luna had to say above, or you can read our conversation below.

COLLIDER: I loved the first four episodes. Straight up, I loved them so much. I really can’t wait for the rest of the series.

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DIEGO LUNA: Man, I really wanted to get to this interview because I wanted to hear your opinion. I am so glad to hear that.

The show is amazing. And my favorite part of the show is that it’s the Star Wars I’ve been waiting. It doesn’t have Jedis, it doesn’t have lightsabers, it doesn’t have desert planets or Skywalkers. I just want to explore more of the Star Wars universe, and this show is doing that. Can you talk about that aspect of the series?

LUNA: Yes. It’s a show about people from both sides. It’s pretty unfair, I mean I understand why, but it’s pretty unfair to call it Andor because it’s more or less an ensemble piece where people matter and stories matter. The people you will meet here are just normal people surviving in very dark times of the galaxy, on both sides. In the Empire, in that bureaucratic system that does not allow people to be people to be themselves, where they are just numbers.

Then you have these other people surviving oppression in very tough times. It is about that need for people to come together, to articulate a reaction that involves the community. It’s about the strength of the community. I think it’s a pretty relevant story, too, these days. This long form, I mean, I grew up watching movies. I wanted to make movies. I’ve made films all my life, but I’ll tell you one thing, the freedom that this long format has given us is unique because we can aspire to be, yes, the action and adventure story that Star Wars wants you to be

But at the same time, [s]Sometimes it’s a very intimate journey of characters, just relating, and then they go into a spy thriller, a political drama, and they come back and transform. And we don’t have to make decisions that would keep us from trying other things, new things. And we are allowed to be different, in a way, in the world and the universe of Star Wars. And we are very happy with that.

How long have you and Tony discussed the entire arc of both seasons before committing to doing the show?

LUNA: I don’t know if he would like me to say this, but I will say it, because he was completely honest with me. And I love that about Tony. He is just honest and open and the best collaborator. We had a phone call and he said, “Look, I’m going to tell you what’s on my mind. And I want to know your opinion before I sit down and start writing, or before I commit to this, because we have to be on the same page and I need to know what you think. And I need to know that you would like me to go there, otherwise there is no point in sitting down and writing this.” And he presented me with the first idea of ​​him, the whole picture. And he just couldn’t believe it. I was so in tune with what I had in mind in terms of my backstory, the one that I needed to answer myself to play Cassian in. rogue one.

But he was also so rich and so full of it, really. I don’t know. He says he has to be real, but that doesn’t seem real, and you say, I love that we’re trying. Star Wars be real But it’s true. We are trying and we want these moments to feel like moments that he has lived, or that he has witnessed, or that his friend is telling him about. And anyway, yes. We connected from the beginning, and since then we have [had] an open conversation. We are partners in this. I owe him everything, and he knows how to work, how to lead a team. He is a great leader in many ways, because he loves collaboration.

Andor premieres September 21 on Disney+ with the first three episodes.

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