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Go Diego Go! Luna lands Star Wars role

“Elysium” actor joins Gareth Edwards’ “New Hope” prequel

Diego Luna, best known for his work in crossover arthouse gem “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, is headed to the Cantina for a boiling hot cup of box-office success.

According to Variety, Luna’s set to join Felicity Jones (“Like Crazy”), Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler”) and Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) in director Gareth Edward’s “Star Wars Anthology : Rogue One”.

Luna got a taste of space life last year with a role in Neil Blomkamp’s “Elysium”. His other credits include the ill-fated “Dirty Dancing : Havana Nights”, “Milk”, and the upcoming “Blood Father”.

This one’s a prequel to 1977’s “Star Wars : A New Hope” and fixes on a group of rebel fighters who hatch a plan to steal the plans to Darth Vader’s Death Star. Jones (rumoured to be playing a young Princess Leia), Ahmed and Luna are the orange-attired rebels, with Aussie boy Mendelsohn playing the movie’s villain (no, not Darth Vader – well, I assume not!?).

Like any good heist flick, Edwards has crafted this one to be more of a large-ensemble film that fixes on a whole band of characters rather than chronicle the adventures of a couple of main heroes.

“Rogue One” hits theaters December 16, 2016.

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