Diego Luna Was Disappointed His Rogue One Character Died

Diego Luna is disappointed that his character, Cassian Andor, died at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The first anthology film from the beloved science-fantasy franchise took a different narrative turn than most films in the series. Following up the successful renaissance of Star Wars thanks to J.J. Abrams' well-received Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One brought fans back in time before the events of the original trilogy happened.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One introduced a small group of people who played a pivotal part in the destruction of the first Death Star. Rebel fighter Cassian led the team in securing the plans of the galactic super weapon built by the evil Empire in the hopes of finding a way to destroy it. By the end of the movie, all members of the crew, including Cassian, met their demise. While they were able to accomplish their mission, paving the way for the events of A New Hope, Luna admits that he was unhappy with the fate of his character.

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Speaking with SYFY WIRE Luna recalls seeing Rogue One for the first time and feeling down after his Star Wars character died at the end of it. After a conversation with his confused son post screening, the sadness dawned on him when he realized that there's nothing more for Cassian past the events of the prequel project.

“My son said, ‘But that's it, Dad. Right? That's it.’ And I go, ‘Well, yes. That's the thing about this film.’ Even though I knew, and I understood, I think that's the moment where I really got it. I really realized that a character I loved, and a universe I couldn't care more about [was done]. But the tone of our film, it pays honor to, I believe, the best times of this universe. And obviously, I say the best because it's when I was open and ready to receive that. Those [Star Wars] films left a very deep mark on me, as [the] audience, and as a filmmaker.

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna as Cassian in Star Wars Rogue One

At that point, Luna didn't know that he'll have another chance to step back into the galaxy far, far away as Cassian via the Disney+ series. Plot specifics about the still-untitled project due to release in 2021 is still tightly under wraps, but it'll reunite him with Alan Tudyk who plays sassy droid, K2-S0. Obviously, since Cassian died in Rogue One, his adventures in the small screen will be before he met Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and the rest of the crew who snagged the plans of the first Death Star.

It's no secret that Rogue One had a tumultuous production, and along with it were a few significant changes in the narrative. The ending was rewritten a couple of times, and at one point, it was even supposed to wrap up in a high note with a wedding. However, the film's ending is actually what makes it a standout from the roster of Star Wars films that fans have seen thus far. It made sense that there was no survivor from Cassian's team, otherwise, fans should've heard about them considering what they did. It was a wise move to not overcomplicate the franchise's continuity, not to mention reinforce stakes in the film series.

Luna wasn't alone in feeling disappointed that Cassian's story ended abruptly. Among all the characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he's arguably the most interesting. His existence proved that the Empire vs. Rebel war wasn't as simple as black and white - an ideology that more recent movies seem to be leaning on. Fortunately, fans can know more about him through his upcoming TV series.

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