The Star Wars spinoff will enable Luna to explore Andor’s exploits before he teamed up with Jyn Erso on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. It was a dangerous assignment, dramatized in the 2016 hit “Rogue One,” that came with a high mortality rate for the crew of freedom fighters.
“It was hard to start a film knowing you were going to die so fast, but now we can talk about what happened earlier,” Luna told Variety in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival where he was promoting the relationship drama “Wander Darkly.”
Luna has yet to start shooting the prequel series, which will join “The Mandalorian” in charting a new, streaming future for the Star Wars franchise. However, he said he’s excited to reprise his role.
“I’m happy to be part of that universe because I grew up watching those films,” said Luna. “Having a chance to explore the role in ten hours or as many hours as we get, it’s going to be great.”
“Wander Darkly” couldn’t be further removed from that kind of escapist fare. It offers an unflinching look at a couple who are forced to confront their damaged relationship in the wake of a traumatic incident. Director and writer Tara Miele drew on her own life to craft the story.
“My husband and I survived a pretty bad car crash six years ago,” said Miele. “And coming out of that experience, it really shifted my perspective. It awoke me to the value of the delicate messy little lives that we were living.”
The cast, which includes Sienna Miller as Luna’s wife, also delved into their past and present relationships to create their characters.
“We spent a lot of time really talking about our own experiences so that by the time we started shooting I feel like it was very personal,” said Miller.
“Wander Darkly,” written and directed by Miele, is one of several films at Sundance to come from female creators. That strong showing is in stark contrast to this year’s Oscar race, which shut out female filmmakers, overlooking critical successes such as Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell.”
“There were so many wonderful films directed by and helmed by women this year,” said Miele. “I don’t think women have had the opportunity yet to get the money or the time that male directors have gotten. You look at something like ‘The Irishman.’ I think that budget was enormous and they had a huge amount of time to shoot it. I don’t know that any other woman this year had that kind of time or that kind of money.”
Miller agrees that women haven’t been given the same opportunities as men, noting that “Wander Darkly” is only the second film she’s been in from a female director.
“It’s not good enough,” said Miller. “But I feel like talking about it, having those conversations, looking how successful movies that are diverse are…people are becoming more open to new voices.”