Rogue One star Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) shares touching fan tribute


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been hailed as a fantastic Star Wars film filled with a diverse cast, and Mexican actor Diego Luna recently shared a touching story regarding the diversity displayed in the film…

Mexican-born actor, Diego Luna, who portrays Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, recently shared a touching Star Wars fan’s tribute on his personal Twitter account, in which he stated he got emotional after reading.

The fan, going by the name Riveralwaysknew, took his Mexican father to the film because he wanted his father to see a blockbuster with a hero who isn’t afraid to use his heavy Mexican accent. His father instantly recognized the accent when Luna’ character (Cassian Andor) spoke, and he had questions.

"I told him that Diego has openly talked about keeping his accent and how proud he is of it. And my dad was silent for a while and then said, “And he was a main character.” And I said, “he was.” And my dad was so happy."

As the two drove home, the Star Wars fan’s father began to talk about other Mexican actors who should be in American films. He ended his tribute with this poignant phrase:

"Representation matters."

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This is such a beautiful way to express the all-inclusive and richly diverse storytelling of not only the Star Wars Cinematic  Universe, but the books/comics and video games as well. Whether it’s John Boyega being a black man and main star of The Force Awakens, or it’s Carrie Fisher breaking female lead stereotypes in Hollywood, Star Wars has always been welcoming of everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious points of view.

Please never change, Star Wars, the world needs this type of storytelling, now, more than ever.