Diego Moon: "With ‘Andor’ there was a genuine purpose to do something different in Star Wars"

Diego Luna has spent his whole life in entrance of the cameras. In 2022, 40 years have handed since his first look -uncredited- in entrance of a digital camera: antoinetteby Carlos Saura. The actor’s mom Fiona Alexander, was a dressing up designer who misplaced her life whereas returning dwelling after a day of filming within the movie by the Spanish filmmaker. Regardless of the tragedy, Luna by no means deserted a relationship with the massive display screen that looks as if a destiny.

At 42 years outdated, the Mexican is likely one of the nice stars of his nation: a director, author, producer and, in fact, an actor who was known as upon by Lucasfilm to get better his character in Rogue One, the Star Wars prequel, and starring in his personal spin-off on Disney+. Just a few days after the top of its first season, Andor is a phenomenon for criticism which has additionally managed to win again the demanding followers of the universe created by George Lucas after the bittersweet sensation that they left consecutively Boba Fett’s ebook and the anticipated, however for a lot of disappointing, return of Obi Wan Kenobi.

[Crítica: ‘Andor’, Diego Luna se rebela y sobresale en la serie más adulta del universo Star Wars]

Being the protagonist of a collection like Andor forces its protagonists to typically reply the identical questions, however one thing lights up within the interpreter’s gaze when he hears a reference to his father within the final query of an interview that has already taken longer than anticipated. The fact is that his mom shouldn’t be his solely connection to the audiovisual trade. her father is alejandro moona revered set designer who additionally made his first steps within the cinema: his is the manufacturing design of holy bloodthe cult work by Alejandro Jodorowsky that additionally served as a playground for little Diego when he was solely 9 years outdated.

SERIES & MÁS has spoken with the Mexican in regards to the first name he acquired from Lucasfilm to make Andor, his one-on-one collaboration with Tony Gilroy (the savior of Rogue One that he acquired his alternative to inform a Star Wars story from the start right here), his frustration at not having the ability to direct any chapter of the collection, the progress of the Latino group by way of illustration and the praised manufacturing design of the collection -the most practical of all of the collection set within the galaxy- which not directly leads us to speak about its mother and father.

In Andor you are additionally an government producer. How was that a part of engaged on a challenge you have been on earlier than Tony Gilroy himself?

It might have been tough for them to do Andor with out Andor (laughs). It was very good as a result of I needed to be a part of the challenge because it was an concept that was merely within the air. ‘Would you wish to discover the chance with us?’ they advised me at Lucasfilm. Kathleen Kennedy’s enthusiasm actually moved me as a result of it grew to become clear to me that they weren’t simply fascinated with doing it, however that there actually was a real goal to do one thing completely different in Star Wars, to know and study to inform tales in a format that they hadn’t touched. till then. 12 episodes in a dropper format, which comes out week by week like the tv we watched within the 90s.

I used to be very moved, however in fact, a collection of Andor it may very well be many various issues. It wasn’t till Tony Gilroy sat down on the desk that we understood the place he was going to go and what the construction was going to be: 5 years again from Rogue One. It is 5 basic years for this character to see and perceive the character we met within the film. Tony is a man who is aware of the best way to work as a workforce and who is aware of the best way to collaborate.

[Genevieve O’Reilly: “Quiero ver cómo Mon Mothma se convierte en la mujer que envía a Andor a la muerte”]

The primary time I talked to him, Kathleen requested me to speak to him as a result of Tony had advised her about his thought and he cherished it. I talked to him and he or she advised me all the things. He was speaking for 40 minutes and I could not cease pondering that this was already higher than something I had imagined. The humorous factor is that each one the concepts that I had and all the things that we had performed in Rogue One, additionally match the imaginative and prescient that Tony was telling me. When he completed talking, he advised me: ‘Look, I will inform you all the things as a result of I do not need to write with out listening to your opinion and when you do not prefer it.’ At that very second we began speaking. He at all times handled me like a collaborator. He is aware of the best way to workforce up, he is aware of the best way to share, he is aware of the best way to pay attention. He is aware of the best way to lead a workforce that has quite a bit to contribute and surrounds himself with very proficient folks.

Diego Luna in ‘Andor’.


In your profession you could have directed a number of instances. Did you ever take into account directing a chapter of the collection your self?

The reality is that I’d have cherished to do it as a result of I do know the tone of the collection very effectively. In some way the fixed in a majority of these initiatives are the producers and the actors. The administrators are available in to make a block of chapters that has a starting and an finish. It is one thing very fascinating, as a result of the visible language, the standpoint, the best way of taking pictures… all of that adjustments with every director that enters the collection. As an actor and as a producer you could have an consciousness of all the things. I’ve been accompanying the design processes of Andor from the start.

I actually needed to direct and the truth is that we sat right down to see the probabilities. That is once we realized that it was inconceivable for me to direct Andor. Filming is hyper demanding. We begin filming the second season subsequent Monday and we’ll end it in July or August. It’s a lifetime and there are moments through which many issues are intertwined. In whole you want three months to organize as a director one of many blocks of Andor. I’d have cherished it, but it surely wasn’t potential as a result of my character asks me to be all over the place on the similar time. And never solely that, there’s additionally my work as a producer that requires us to oversee all of the processes and provides your opinion.

When it is time to begin filming I’ve to vary my cap [gorra en el español de México] and focus on what touches me, as a result of it’s not straightforward. It’s a collection with many choreographies and stunt, for instance. For me, working in one other language shouldn’t be straightforward both, it requires twice the hassle. Sadly will probably be inconceivable for me to direct.

[Denise Gough (‘Andor’): “Puedes estar del lado de Dedra y de repente recordar que está con los fascistas”]

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor.

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor.

You might be Andor. Gael García Bernal is Marvel’s werewolf. Pedro Pascal is the protagonist of The Mandarloriany The Final of Us. Tenoch Huerta Mejía is Namor for Marvel. When Gael and you probably did And Your Mom Too 20 years in the past, did you ever suppose that this might occur with Latino illustration in Hollywood?

I feel that Latin America, in cinematographic phrases, has been giving quite a bit to speak about for many years. Not solely in entrance of the cameras, however with administrators, photographers, musicians, writers, manufacturing designers, costume designers… I really feel that increasingly Latin Individuals are working all over the place and it is one thing that needed to occur. What I feel is going on, and it’s one thing that makes me very glad, is that the trade is reacting to the truth that a really excessive proportion of the general public speaks Spanish, has some connection to Latin America and desires to be represented.

The trade is lastly reacting to this and it has to do with the message that now we have despatched as a public. It’s a must to reside with that duty very consciously. As a public we ship a message. Once we purchase a ticket we are saying one thing, we have fun a voice and we show. Once we do not buy a ticket we’re additionally saying one thing. It is very important ship the best messages. This response from the trade is tremendously appreciated as a result of we live in a second of larger freedom and it’s only going to get higher.

It is essential to have the ability to play these characters and be in initiatives like Andor, but additionally inform our tales. It’s important to have the ability to inform our tales and be heard. Right this moment it is simpler than ever to listen to a narrative that apparently had nothing to do with you solely to find that it truly has all the things to do with you. Once I grew up I needed to see what the person on the cinema was programming, which was near me. Level. The Cineteca Nacional determined how far my spectrum would go. Right this moment shouldn’t be so. As an viewers that could be very thrilling.

Once I grew up I needed to see what the person on the cinema was programming, which was near me. Level. The Cineteca Nacional determined how far my spectrum would go. immediately shouldn’t be like that

Andor It has been famous for its realism. Your father was a manufacturing designer and also you your self began performing and being on units once you have been only a child. What does it really feel wish to go to work and be in these very actual scenes and units?

You could have touched an intimate chord with me there. A part of what I’ve loved most as a producer has been accompanying the work of Luke Corridor’s manufacturing design and Michael Wilkinson’s costume design. My father did and nonetheless does manufacturing design and set design. My mom labored within the locker room. The work that Luke and Michael have performed is spectacular as a result of the phrase that was repeated probably the most was exactly realism.

We have to really feel that what we see is de facto taking place, that this world exists and works. If we overlook that we’re in a galaxy far, far-off, it may well virtually appear to be we’re speaking in regards to the lives of our neighbors. I like having the ability to attain that stage of everydayness and intimacy. I feel the manufacturing and costume design is vital to creating that feeling. It was nice. As an actor I can inform you that all the things you see truly labored. Each time I went into a type of units, all the things was purposeful. You open a drawer and it is stuffed with issues, and issues that make sense. Inhabiting all these areas is unimaginable as an actor. We’ve an unimaginable workforce that makes you’re feeling that each nook of that galaxy is actual.