"The films are changing because the audience is changing, and the audience wants to feel represented," Diego Luna tells PEOPLE Now of Rogue One
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“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.”
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.
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