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Diego Luna Confirms What We Suspected All Along About Star Wars: Andor

"Star Wars" has retained a close relationship with the big screen since 1977, but it has become more and more chummy with the small screen in recent years. Animated ventures like "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels" captivated audiences during their respective runs, paving the way for Disney+ to release original shows of its own in the years that followed. Both "The Mandalorian" and "Star Wars: Visions" have assembled fanbases of their own in short order, and they're about to be joined by yet another program set in a galaxy far, far away: "Star Wars: Andor."

Centered on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" fame, "Andor" takes viewers back to the early days of the Rebellion. Though details are scant, one could imagine that the impending series will show off the Galactic Empire in all of its villainous glory, provide plenty of hard-hitting action, and include no shortage of the worldbuilding elements that "Star Wars" is known for. All 12 episodes will arrive sometime in 2022, and as Luna told Deadline, that timeframe shouldn't be hard to meet since production is officially all wrapped up.

Additionally, Diego Luna dropped a bit of news about "Andor" that will certainly have many in the "Star Wars" fanbase excited yet eager to go into speculation mode.

Andor's cast contains a few familiar names

During his chat with Deadline, Diego Luna expressed his passion for "Star Wars: Andor" and how he felt about filming during the COVID-19 pandemic. He optimistically referred to the experience as a "blessing" and gave the crew behind the show heaps of praise for their dedication. "I had the chance to work with a team that I couldn't be more proud of and admire more. It's a hard-core moment to be out there shooting, and we were really lucky." 

He then made a quick comment about the cast of "Andor," noting that we'll "definitely see familiar faces" as its story unfolds. Given that this is the "Star Wars" universe we're talking about, that could mean a great many people, though we do know the status of at least a couple of actors. It has been confirmed that Genevieve O'Reilly will return as Rebel leader Mon Mothma and that, sadly, Alan Tudyk is not coming back for another go-around as K-2SO — Cassian Andor's wise-cracking droid companion from "Rogue One."

Luna's statement will generate plenty of online discussion in the coming months, but let's not forget about the newcomers that help fill out the "Andor" cast, whose roles also remain a mystery. The likes of Robert Emms, Adria Arjona, Stellan Skarsgård, Denise Gough, and more will all pop up on the Disney+ original (via IMDb) at some capacity, surely sharing the screen with a handful of still-secret "Star Wars" mainstays.