I love Diego. Diego is very funny. He’s a very cool guy, quite a smartass, and I really appreciate smartasses. He used to make fun of me for the stupid backpack I wore. There were a few situations where I couldn’t [wear the stilts]. [When] I was on a cliffside or running in water and stuff like that, I had to wear this backpack with a telescoping head that came off the top, and it was really stupid looking.
And the first time I wore it, it was like the first day we shot in Jordan. And he said [Puts on Diego Luna accent.], “Something terrible has happened. Ever since you put on that backpack, you have depressed the entire crew. It’s very sad.” He just went on about, “Please, for God’s sake, please take it off. For the love of God.” Anytime I put it on, “Everyone respected you just one moment ago. But now, it is evaporated.”
Okay but why have a Han Solo movie when we could have a Cassian Andor movie?
Han is a great character, but Han Solo is a complete jackass when we first meet him. He’s rougishly handsome, yes, but an entire movie about that will probably get old (especially when Harrison Ford isn’t Han) and full of cliches. Cassian lost his parents, and was a layered character without Luke Skywalker’s help with a backstory almost everyone is curious about.
What if the hypothetical Cassian movie showed him having a motherly bond with someone in the Rebellion, instead of a fatherly one? Maybe there was some woman (preferably of color!) who wanted to help 6-year-old Cassian? What if it showed him slowly becoming more and more hardened, showed every battle he fought in, every time K-2 had to pick him from the ruins of a fight?
Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk are completely ready to be in another Star Wars movie, and Alan especially has been insistent on a Cassian (and K-2) backstory. The two loved working together as man and droid. Let’s give the audience something they want, and have actors excited to do the job that are fit to do it.