Diego Luna as Andor in Star Wars
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MIAMI - For many Latinos, May 4 might seem like just another day leading up to Cinco de Mayo. However, for sci-fi enthusiasts Latino and not it marks an exciting celebration—Star Wars Day. So if you hear someone greet you with "Happy May the 4th," don't be taken aback. This clever play on words connects "May the Fourth" with the iconic Jedi phrase "May the Force be with you."

But beyond the passion for the universe created by George Lucas, there is an indisputable fact. No other large movie or TV franchise has included as many Latino actors and talent behind the camera as Star Wars.

From the first three movies, with Boricua actor Jimmi Smits portraying Senator Bail Organa in multiple films, to the upcoming new series "The Acolyte" on Disney+, Latinos have always been part of Star Wars, or 'Estar Guars,' as Oscar Isaac (who plays Poe Dameron) likes to call it.

Benicio del Toro, John Leguizamo, Lupita Nyong'o, Freddy Prince Jr., Verónica Segura, Danny Trejo, Myrna García Velasco, and more Latino actors have all been part of Star Wars movies and series. Behind the camera, talent like directors Gabriel Osorio and Alonso Ruizpalacios have been involved in projects like "Star Wars: Visions" and "Andor," respectively, helping to shape the narrative and visual style of the Star Wars universe.

Of course, in recent years, Issac, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal and Rosario Dawson have given even more diversity to the galaxy with high profile roles that are still active.

These contributions highlight the ongoing efforts to ensure that the Star Wars universe is reflective of its global fanbase, showcasing a variety of voices and perspectives that enrich the storytelling and create a more inclusive galaxy far, far away.

Latino Talent in New and Ongoing Star Wars Projects

  1. Pedro Pascal continues his role as Mando in the fourth season of "The Mandalorian." Despite rumors suggesting a reduced focus on the character, his presence remains integral to the series narrative shaped by creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
  2. Rosario Dawson shines as Ahsoka Tano, whose character debuted in "The Clone Wars" and has since evolved into a central figure in the Star Wars lore, demonstrating profound bravery and wisdom.
  3. Diego Luna and Adria Arjona are set to return in the second season of "Andor" in 2024. Luna's portrayal of Cassian Andor explores the complex nature of his character's past and his contributions to the Rebel Alliance.
  4. In "The Acolyte," several new Latino actors join the Star Wars universe,showcasing the series' commitment to diversity:
    • Dafne Keen will star as Jecki Lon, a calm and mature Padawan in a galaxy of emerging dark-side powers.
    • Manny Jacinto is set to portray Qimir, an ex-smuggler turned trader who adds a unique dynamic to the story​ .

"The Acolyte," which premieres on June 4, 2024, promises to be a groundbreaking addition to the Star Wars saga. Set in the final days of the High Republic era, this mystery-thriller delves into the rise of dark-side powers and features a diverse cast that brings fresh perspectives and talents to the Star Wars universe.

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