‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Gains Mexican Actor Diego Luna in a Lead Role

By May 13, 2015
Diego Luna

While the second Star Wars Anthology film is looking for a new director after Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank was taken off the project, Star Wars: Rogue One is moving swiftly towards beginning production by adding another actor.

Variety reports that Diego Luna, star of films such as Elysium, Contraband, Milk and The Terminal, has landed one of the lead roles in Star Wars: Rogue One, the first standalone spin-off film set to hit theaters in December of 2016 — almost exactly one year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens returns the series to the big screen.

Luna makes for another diverse addition to the film following the casting of Riz Ahmed, a Muslim and British actor of Pakistani heritage. It looks like Lucasfilm is anxious to cast a variety of faces for the expanding Star Wars universe much faster than Disney’s other blockbuster universe from Marvel Studios.

Star Wars: Rogue One

The Mexican actor has done some great work, both in his homeland and in the United States. Some of his stellar foreign language films include the acclaimed Y Tu Mama Tambien from Alfonso Cuaron (who needs to direct a Star Wars film) and Rudo y Cursi. His addition to the cast of Rogue One will certainly strengthen the eventual ensemble that will be gathered.

So far, the rest of the cast includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) in a lead role, and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), reportedly playing the films villain. There’s probably plenty more names to be added though as the start of production later this year gets closer.

As we learned the weekend of Star Wars Celebration, Rogue One will follow the heist of the Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters. Jones is meant to be one of the rebel soldiers, speculated to be a skilled pilot while Ahmed and Luna are also supposed to play other rebel soldiers.

Star Wars: Rogue One arrives on December 16th, 2016. Stay tuned for more.

Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.