Diego Luna Is as Excited for ‘Andor’ Season 2 as You Are

Diego Luna Is as Excited for ‘Andor’ Season 2 as You Are


Diego Luna looks like he just got out of the shower.

It’s late afternoon and he hops on a Zoom call with his camera off before apologizing and turning it on. “It is me, it is me!” he says when I joke about needing visual confirmation of his presence. “It’s just the worst version of me,” he laughs, slightly damp hair falling in his face.

Luna looks perfectly fine, but if this is his worst version, it’s something no one has seen in a long time. As Cassian Andor on Disney+’s Star Wars series Andor, he’s plumbed the depths of what the Empire’s cruelty can do to average people—and how it can turn them into Rebels.

For a Star Wars show, Andor might be the most prestige-TV-like series Disney+ has made yet. There’s nary a lightsaber, no Jedi, and spaceships are few and far between. But what it lacks in the franchise’s usual bells and whistles it makes up for by telling the stories of people like Luthan Rael (Stellan Skarsgård), a wealthy collector looking to help Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) take down the empire; Cassian, an orphan adopted by Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw); and Syril Karn (Kyle Soller), a low-level wannabe detective intent on hunting Cassian down.

Then there are the prisoners. No spoilers until after this paragraph, but suffice it to say, when Andy Serkis shows up in episode 8 as the floor manager at a prison factory making very mysterious objects for the Empire, things are about to get wild—and the steadfastness of Cassian’s morality becomes clear.

And there’s so much more. Luna was ready to talk at length about Star Wars, the meaning of his show, and what fans might expect in season 2.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

WIRED: OK, I have to know. What were the prisoners making on Narkina 5?

Diego Luna: I don’t think the Empire would like you to know.

Ha! I figured that might be the answer.

But I think the beauty of the writing is that yes, of course there are specifics; we need to know what [the prisoners] are doing, how it works. But with the secrecy around the place, the idea is exactly that: No one knows what they’re a part of, what chains of production we actually participate in without knowing, you know?


I think it’s fascinating what [show creator] Tony [Gilroy] and the writers came up with in terms of, like, what is a prison that has everything to do with how the world is structured today? A prison where you are productive, where you are as healthy as you can be so you can be more productive, where everything is clean and pristine. It looks like a Mac store, you know? [Laughs]

But it really does.

I really love it. I tweeted as soon as [episode 10] was out, and meant it with all honesty, it was one of my favorite episodes because it kind of rounds out the idea of the prison. It blew my mind in the writing of this, of the series, how it’s a reflection on something that is very specific to the [Star Wars] world we’re talking about, and at the same time it’s so pertinent in the world we live in.


via Wired https://www.wired.com

November 23, 2022 at 12:07AM

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