Disney continued to show off their impressive line up of titles that will be available exclusively on their subscription-based streaming service, Disney+. Investors got to see a small glimpse and learn some details about some of the upcoming Star Wars titles that will appear on the service later this November. More on all of this here below.
THR says The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm’s first live-action series, will debut when the service launches in November. Set between the end of the Original Trilogy and the start of the current trilogy, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter, “one gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…” Though there are still few details that we know, showrunner and creative producer Jon Favreau showed off a clip to investors. In it, the bounty hunter appears to be holding something in his hand and then pockets it. It’s still unclear if this item will have any significance in the series or if it is something that he is collecting. The report adds that there were shots of new alien races, planets, etc.
“We’re pretty deep into the heavy lifting of turning all of that wonderful photography and all of those stories into one continuous season of eight episodes,” Favreau said.
In addition to Favreau’s involvement, the series will have directors that include Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star Bryce Dallas Howard, and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa. Additionally, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and Iron Fist and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow have been tapped to helm episodes.
Speaking of Dave Filoni’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the critically acclaimed series will be back for a seventh and final season.
Moving on to the untitled Cassian Andor series, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Alan Tudyk would be his returning to his role as the sarcastic and very blunt K-2SO. He would be joining Diego Luna, who is also returning to reprise his role that he played in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Kennedy described the series as a “thrilling spy series set in the Star Wars universe.”
It remains to be seen what will happen to Star Wars theatrical features after Episode IX. The original plan was the release one Star Wars film a year for the foreseeable future. However, with Solo: A Star Wars Story failing to meet box office and critics’ expectations and the launch of Disney+, it looks like we could see more Star Wars titles appear on the streaming service. But considering that the day was all about Disney+, it only makes sense that the day was focused solely on the streaming service.