When working on new movies cast members are always sworn to secrecy, and are asked to sign non-disclosure agreements to protect industry secrets. Until premiere they must keep plot details, twists, and surprises close to their chests. “It helped me to play a spy,” says Diego Luna, star of the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One, in an interview with Yahoo, “because I had so much information, like my character, that I couldn’t share.”
While Luna was beginning to film, his two children joined him on set, spending two months watching the start of the movie making process. They’d hang out with the cast, and would watch their Dad at work. Luna admits that they’d talk about the movie, and about some of the content, trusting that information wouldn’t be passed on to the public.
While on a break from filming, Luna and his family took a trip to the beach. Relaxing in the pool with friends, Luna mentioned that he overheard his eight-year-old son, close by in the sea, spilling plot lines to a group of four teenager girls.
“I start swimming and I just listen [to him saying]: ‘Oh no, this film has no Jedis, just rebels.’ And I go: ‘Oh my god,'” he told Yahoo. Luna advised his son to be careful with movie information, and to keep the plot private before trailer release, but seemed proud of his son’s motives. “He did it for the right reasons right?” said Luna. “He was talking to the girls, and he got their attention,”
Luna stars in Rogue One as Cassian Andor who helps Jyn Erso [Felicity Jones] escape from Imperial captivity, bringing her to the Rebels. Rogue One is the prequel to the Star Wars Anthology series.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 16, 2016. Critics were complimentary of acting, action sequences, musical score, and the movie’s darker tone. Rogue One has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2016, after Captain America: Civil War.
Praise has been offered for the movie’s diverse leading cast; Felicity Jones, a Mexican actor stars as Luna, Chinese actors Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen play Baze Malbus – a freelance assassin and Chirrut Imwe – a blind Force sensitive fighter. British actor Riz Ahmed, who is of Pakistani heritage, joined the cast to play Bodhi Rook, a former Imperial cargo pilot.