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The Big Change Hitting Narcos: Mexico Season 3

Contains spoilers for Netflix's Narcos: Mexico

When Netflix's Narcos turned into Narcos: Mexico in 2018, the show's cartel action switched countries, and introduced us to characters who could be even more ruthless than Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). Narcos: Mexico follows the rise of Diego Luna's Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, a former police officer who takes control of the country's drug trade, becoming the boss of the dangerous Guadalajara Cartel.

Though the show's first season centers on Michael Peña's ill-fated DEA Agent Kiki Camarena, and the second season heavily features Scoot McNairy's Walt Breslin, Gallardo has been the de facto series lead so far. With Narcos: Mexico season 3 on its way, it's only fair to assume that he will remain the focal point, even though the events of season 2 left him in a slightly less powerful position than we've become accustomed to. 

Or is it? Turns out, there's a pretty big change hitting Narcos: Mexico season 3 ... and it just so happens to involve Diego Luna.

Diego Luna isn't returning for Narcos: Mexico season 3

When Netflix announced Narcos: Mexico season 3, it also stated that Diego Luna won't be returning (via Deadline). 

Don't worry, the season won't start with a piano unexpectedly dropping on Félix Gallardo's head or anything. The cartel's big cheese was arrested in a pretty definitive way in the season 2 finale, so he's safely tucked out of the way as the chaos among the various new cartels inevitably unravels. Meanwhile, the highly in-demand actor (he's the kind of guy everyone loves working with) is moving on to new things — in a galaxy far, far away. 

Luna is set to return to his well-received role as Cassian Andor, the stoic Rebel intelligence officer in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Andor might not have survived the events of the movie, but that won't stop Luna from starring in a Disney+ spinoff show, also entitled Rogue One. Meanwhile, Narcos: Mexico will move on without its series lead. With a huge drug war looming on the horizon, it's probably safe to say that quite a few other characters won't be around for much longer, either.