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How Starring in Rogue One Helped Bring Diego Luna and His Son Closer Together

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Pick up PEOPLE’s special issue, Star Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One, on newsstands now — including a special Star Wars virtual-reality bonus with goggles included! And watch People Special: Star Wars Rogue One on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

Star Wars just helped score Diego Luna some major cool-dad points.

Luna, 36, stars in the highly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Captain Cassian Andor — and it’s a role that he says finally impressed his son.

“The other day I was with my son watching the first 20 minutes [of the film] that they showed in Mexico at a fanfest,” he told PEOPLE now. “When I came out my son turns and says ‘That’s you, Dad.’ ”

“I never thought that I was going to be part of this film and that I would be able to share this with my kid,” he added. “It’s pretty unique.”

In fact, it’s changed the way his son Jerónimo, 8, feels about his father’s hectic work schedule.

“Imagine your kid really wants you to go to work. Before, work was what separated us, but now work is what he feels the proudest of because I’m part of Star Wars,” he says. “In the mornings he would be like, ‘Get out of here and go to work.’ ”

Luna said sharing his love of Star Wars with his son has helped bring them even closer together.

“It’s special also as a father to be able to share the passion for something with your kid,” he said. “I’m truly a fan. I went to see Episode VII with my son.”

Rogue One hits theaters Dec. 16.