The new Star Wars show continues to move forward with more casting news. The rather lovely Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising, 6 Underground, Triple Frontier) has been signed to star with Diego Luna in the as-yet untitled Cassian Andor show.
It is undeniable that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably the most successful, creatively, of Star Wars movie endeavors since Disney took over running the show. The Mandalorian is probably the high point overall. Disney must be hoping they can capture some of that magic for the new show. Specifics of Arjona’s character are unknown.
She was previously in the excellent Amazon and BBC adaption of Good Omens and will appear in Morbius.
Arjona was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and lived in Mexico City until she was twelve. Her mother, Leslie Torres, is Puerto Rican, and her father, Ricardo Arjona, is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter. As a child, her father took her along on his tours.
At age 12, she moved to Miami and lived there until she was 18, when she moved to New York City on her own. There she worked as a waitress and a hostess while studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
The show will focus on Rebel agent Andor prior to the events of Rogue One. It will cover the early days of the Rebellion against the Empire. Alan Tudyk, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller are also signed.
Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One and was rumored to have been involved in heavy reshoots, is set to write the pilot for the series. He will direct multiple episodes. He will also work alongside series showrunner Stephen Schiff.
Remember in the previous version of Rogue One, before the Disney reshoot wagon rolled, Andor was rumored to be a much darker and more morally complex character. This was hinted at in his killing of his own informant to avoid capture at the beginning of the film. Maybe they will look to tap into these elements?