Diego Luna recently appeared on The View to talk about Andor with Whoopi Goldberg and the other hosts. During the interview, he spoke about how long he’s been working on the show, the importance of diversity in Star Wars and roughly how long the first three episodes will be when they arrive on September 21st.
One of the most noteworthy bits of information of the interview comes right towards the end, as Diego Luna talks about the three episodes debuting at once, mentioning that the runtime all three together comprises nearly two hours:
Well, the idea was to bring the most we could out at once, you know, and Disney Plus doesn’t do that often, you know?
So, we’re gonna deliver three episodes on the 21st…which is great, because it’s a standalone. It’s a series that is its own, you know? We need a good chance to introduce all the characters, the planets, the vibe, the tone of the show, and it’s going to be great.
You’re going to be able to watch, it’s like, three episodes, it’s almost two hours.
While it’s not clear how long each episode will be yet, a bit of light guesswork would suggest that each episode should average between 35-40 minutes, not much longer than an episode of The Mandalorian.
Diego also spoke about his reaction when first asked to reprise the role of Cassian Andor roughly four years ago. His attachment to the Star Wars galaxy was so strong that he didn’t hesitate to accept.
I wasn’t expecting the call at all, but I was surprised, yeah. I was happy. I miss this universe a lot. There’s not many times you perform as an actor in something that matters so much. It’s part of my childhood. I learned to watch movies through this universe, these characters, so this connection is special, like no other job, you know?
So when I was asked if I would be willing to explore the idea I said yes, of course, but that was like four years ago. A long time ago, it’s been a long process.
The View hosts commented on how important it was to have someone with his Mexican accent star in their own show, so Luna also spoke about the importance of having a person of color headline their own show in an IP as huge as Star Wars.
The accent is just a baby step. And I think, I mean, finally, the industry is reflecting on the world that’s out there. Because that complexity, that diversity, is out there, and that’s the world we live in, and I feel really like, lucky to live in a time when we can have this exchange, every day of my life.
The stories should reflect that, and it’s happening. It’s happening, and it’s a good time to be doing this.
As Diego mentions, Andor is debuting on Disney+ on September 21st with three episodes, which will run for nearly two hours. Not too much longer to wait now.