Diego Luna's surprise Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 November 2016
Diego Luna

Diego Luna

Diego Luna admits it was a surprise being offered the role of Captain Cassian Andor in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' and has likened it to being in love

Diego Luna has compared starring in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' to being in love.

The 36-year-old actor is taking on the role of Captain Cassian Andor in the hotly-anticipated movie and has likened the "surprise" of getting the role to falling in love.

Asked if he had ever imagined he would star in such a big movie franchise, he said: "No, never. The best things that have come to me in life have been a surprise. I think it's because I have kept working, even in something else, and not because of waiting for it. I just think that when you focus your energy in the right direction things start to work out and life surprises you in a positive way.

"Maybe I'm being too romantic, but it's impossible to travel somewhere looking to fall in love with someone. Instead, when you stop looking for it, it comes to you and soon you are in love. If I didn't have a movie right now I would be very happy doing theatre."

Diego has mainly starred in smaller independent films in the past but wasn't fazed by the move to the bigger budget movie as director Gareth Edwards kept everyone at ease.

He added to The Red Bulletin: "When the heart of the people working on the production is in the right place, then the size doesn't really matter. In the end, it's about teamwork and how you can complement each other on the set. It's a little like what the film is about: how important it is to connect with others in order to achieve something big.

"The director, Gareth Edwards, made the set sometimes feel like a very small independent film. I've worked before with so many directors who are so afraid of sharing the experience with someone else, as if it was going to be taken away from them. This film reminded me that there's nothing like cinema because it's about that interaction -that journey that you go through with others."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

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