Alim Kheraj
Updated Jan 04, 2017 @ 5:49 am
Diego Luna Star Wars
Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm

We’ve been loving the amazing reaction to Rogue One, and now one of the movie’s stars, Diego Luna, has shared the sweetest story about why representation in Star Wars matters and it’s so emotional.

Given the ongoing discussions regarding representation and diversity in Hollywood, the most recent Star Wars movies, including The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been praised for their increased visibility when it comes to race and women.

Indeed, Felicity Jones, the lead actor in Rogue One, spoke about her desire not to objectify her character of Jyn Erso, while The Force Awakens star John Boyega has spoken out in support of more diversity in Hollywood.

Now Diego Luna, who plays Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has shared the sweetest story about why diversity in the franchise is important.

Luna, who has previously spoken about representation in film, shared a post he came across from Tumblr, which tells the tale of user riveralwaysknew, who took their Mexican father to see Rogue One.

In the story, riveralwaysknew explains that they wanted their Mexican father, who has a strong Mexican accent, to see Rogue One because there’s they wanted him to see “a hero in a blockbuster film speak the way he does.”

riveralwaysknew went on to say how initially their father was confused as to why Luna hadn’t changed his accent for the film, and kept asking whether it had been a successful movie.

Upon seeing the story, Luna shared a screenshot of it on Twitter, stating that he had “got emotional reading this!”

Okay, we’re totally welling up at this INCREDIBLE story. We love hearing about how diversity and representation has positively affected people‘s lives, and it’s heartwarming to see the effect that it has on those involved with making the movies, too.

May the Force always be more diverse in the future.