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Diego Luna On Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Diverse Cast: 'It's a Much More Modern Approach'

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The galaxy has a place for everyone.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Diego Luna tells PEOPLE Now that he’s proud to be a part of a film with such a diverse cast.

“The films are changing because the audience is changing, and the audience wants to feel represented,”says Luna, 36. “Today you go to the cinema, and if you’re not looking at the screen, and you turn, you see that diversity there, you know? And that has to be portrayed in the frame.”

British actress Felicity Jones, Danish actor Mads Mikkelson, British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed, Chinese stars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, Americans Forest Whitaker and Alan Tudyk, and Aussie Ben Mendelsohn all appear in the upcoming blockbuster, which doesn’t follow the storyline from last year’s The Force Awakens but takes place in the same universe.

“I think it’s a great move from the previous Star Wars to these,” he says. “It’s a much more modern approach. It’s not just the diversity, the different kind of accents. The role of the woman in this film. I think it’s a film that talks more about the reality we live in, the world we live in.”

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Luna adds of the six original movies, “It’s kind of nice to see all the films of Star Wars because it’s like a stamp of how time has been passing and how things have been changing.”

In Rogue One, Luna portrays Captain Cassian Andor, a Rebel intelligence officer.

Rogue One hits theaters Dec. 16. Come back to People.com every day from now until then for more exclusive videos, photos and secrets from the year’s most anticipated movie. Check out all our coverage at PEOPLE.com/starwars.