Filming for Andor season two is underway which is very exciting. The first season was critically acclaimed by critics and fans alike. Going into season two, it turns out that fans have a very unique role to play while filming the season. As reported by Variety, star Diego Luna attended the Miami Film Festival where he discussed how social media and fans play a vital role in the show going forward.
Luna shared, “There’s something interesting with the second season, which is that I have a different feeling every day I go to set. Now I know, not just that the series was well received and that people liked it, but I know why they liked it. That’s another tool we have these days through social media. We actually listen to audiences and critics. We understand what things connected and what didn’t connect. It’s kind of cool to have an opportunity to go and execute another season having this information. It’s, in a way, a season that will end up representing the audience in a different way. Somehow, the audience is part of this season because the interaction we had served as inspiration.”
This is a fascinating insight into the making of the series. The creators and actors aren’t always as forthcoming when it comes to how fan reactions impact a show, so it’s intriguing to see Luna, who is a producer on the series, enlightening the audience about how the showrunners are taking the fans’ thoughts to heart.
Luna also discussed how a series like Andor is a relief to him as an actor. Often times with roles, especially television, there’s no set endpoint. This open-ended format not knowing if a show will be picked up for another season can make it hard for actors to take on other projects. But with Andor being a prequel to Rogue One and always slated for two seasons, Luna explains this was pretty freeing to him saying:
“It’s been bittersweet because every day I know I’m a day closer to the end. It was really nice to approach a series knowing there’s an ending. It doesn’t happen! The new conversation on set with streaming is people talking about the possible future… Like, ‘Well, there might be a second season or a third season. This thing of leaving everything open I think is bringing anxiety to actors that needs to be treated. We’re all thinking about something that we can’t know. The second season ends where ‘Rogue One’ starts. We’re not changing the ending of ‘Rogue One’ so that’s it. It’s a nice feeling, it’s like a long film… It has a beginning and an end. We all know what’s going to happen.”
So what’s next for Luna after Andor? He shared there was one job he would be interested in:
“You’ll have to ask someone who can actually give me that job, otherwise we’re just talking fantasy. That’s another galaxy, I don’t know how far away it is. I like directing. I can tell you one thing, the next thing I’m doing after this is directing.”
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