Diego Luna A Film His Children wanted him to be part of
I am so grateful to Disney for sending me on this all expense paid trip to cover ROGUE ONE, “Star Wars Rebels”, “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” and the BluRay release of PINOCCHIO. All opinions are my own.

When I first saw the trailer for ROGUE ONE a year ago I have to admit, I was totally intrigued by this man who was in a pilot’s jacket and seemed to be in charge. As more and more footage came out for the film the more I began to hope that this pilot, who reminded me a little bit of THE FORCE AWAKENS’ pilot “Poe”, would indeed be the character I was assuming he was. You see, up until this past weekend much of the ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY film has been kept under wraps. Little by little Disney/Lucasfilms Ltd. has shown us clips of the story of the rebel team who steals the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon: The Death Star. I’ve seen 28 minutes of the film and I was right about the cute pilot in the film; he plays a huge role in the story.

Allow me to introduce you to him, meet Diego Luna, the actor to plays the cute Rebel pilot, “Cassian Andor” in ROGUE ONE.

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

Photo courtesy of Disney

When asked to describe his character, Luna, said,

…my character is called Cassian Andor and he’s a captain…an intelligence officer for the rebellion.  He’s a pretty damned good rebellious captain, you know? He’s in charge of the most important mission for  the rebellion and he has to make sure this thing works together. But he’s a spy, so he’s quite a mysterious man. He has a lot of information he would like to forget, you know? He doesn’t like war but he believes in the cause and would do anything for the cause. He’s ready to sacrifice everything and he’s a true hero. He’s the kind of hero we could  all be. He doesn’t have special powers; he’s no Jedi, no. He’s just a man with conviction knows that working together as a team makes you stronger. So that’s Cassian.


Luna said that he’s always been a fan of the STAR WARS films so when director Gareth Edwards sat him down to ask if he would like to be in this new story in the STAR WARS universe Luna said that he would have been any part in the film, even an extra!

When Gareth sat down with me and he started talking about the film, about the theme, about the rebellion, and about the moment in the history of Star Wars when this [story] happens, I suddenly was listening to a speech. I [thought I] would join just as a fan, just as part of the crew, or whatever, you know? He would’ve said, ‘Oh, I want you to be a Storm Trooper and just wear that outfit and be miserable for quite a long time until Felicity’s character kills you,’ I would’ve said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’  I’m glad he didn’t said that but I would’ve said yes because I think this film has a lovely message behind it. It’s about people getting involved and taking control of their reality.


Diego Luna as Cassian Andor in ROGUE ONE

Photo courtesy of Louise Bishop/MomStart.com


For Luna, the chance to be part of the franchise was something he saw that brought his family closer together since his son is also a fan of the film,

It also connects me with my kids as a parent, you know?  And as a fan, it connects me with my son. I shared the excitement with him when we were watching THE FORCE AWAKENS; we were there holding hands and enjoying the moment.  It wasn’t me saying, ‘Okay let’s watch this cartoon and let’s talk about what they’re saying’; I wasn’t the dad there.  [We were] two pals watching a film and that was very sweet. My work is something that has always separated me [from my children]. It represents something very negative to my kids. It’s what keeps me away. It’s that thing that I go do that [my kids] cannot be part of. Then I finish the films and they cannot watch them. I did show my son [the movie I was in] CESAR CHAVEZ but he just didn’t want to watch it.  He fell asleep. So [ROGUE ONE] is special because [when] I am telling them, ‘I’m going to work’, and my son, instead of crying [says], ‘Yeah, yeah, go, go. You’ve gotta be on time, Dad, and make sure you do it right, please. Do what [the director] Gareth says. Don’t mess up.’

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Diego Luna Group Photo ROGUE ONE

Photo Courtesy of Louise Bishop/MomStart.com

I think that out of all of the characters my son is going to want to pretend to be Cassian Andor, the mysterious rebel pilot, who helps to save the galaxy from the Empire.

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th in RealD, 3D, and IMAX 3D!

Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.