Star Wars star Diego Luna says Andor will challenge fans on what they think of the Rogue One hero

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  • Diego Luna stars as Cassian Andor in the latest Star Wars television series.
  • The 12-episode series will tell the story of a dark period in the life of future Rogue One hero Cassian Andor.
  • The series begins fives years before the events of the 2016 film and will cover the next four years leading up to the beginning of Rogue One.

The newest Star Wars television series will tell the story of a dark period in the life of future Rogue One hero Cassian Andor as he decides how far to go in his lifelong battle against oppressive forces, the star and creator said on Wednesday.

Andor will debut on Walt Disney Co's Disney+ streaming service on 21 September. The 12-episode series stars actor Diego Luna as the title character, a rebel who sacrificed himself for the greater good at the end of the 2016 film Rogue One.

Creator Tony Gilroy, speaking to reporters at a Television Critics Association event, said he drew on tidbits from the movie to craft a backstory for the character. In Rogue One, Cassian mentions he has been fighting in the galaxy's ongoing revolution since he was 6 years old.

"At the end of the film, he says, 'Oh my God, if we don't go out and make this final effort, then all of the horrible things that I've done for the Rebellion will be for nought," Gilroy said. "So we know there's a very dark period."

The series begins five years before the events of Rogue One, Gilroy said, and the first season will cover a year's time. Disney has already ordered a second season, which will cover the next four years leading up to the beginning of Rogue One.

"Above anything, this is a show about regular people" living their daily lives, Gilroy said, but are forced to make epic decisions.

Luna said Andor would not be predictable even though audiences know that Cassian's story ends as a young man who gives his life for others.

"I'm going to challenge everything you think you know about Cassian," Luna said. "I'm going to tell you something you don't know about what triggers that."


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