Dis­NeY plaNs New star­wars se­ries

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LOS AN­GE­LES: A new pre­quel se­ries is on its way, this time for Walt Dis­ney Co’s planned Dis­ney+ stream­ing ser­vice, Dis­ney Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Bob Iger said on Thurs­day. The live ac­tion se­ries will be a pre­quel to the 2016 movie

and will star Diego Luna, Iger said in an earn­ings call. The se­ries will start pro­duc­tion in 2019. Iger also said Dis­ney is de­vel­op­ing a new se­ries based around Mar­vel comic book vil­lain Loki, star­ring British ac­tor Tom Hid­dle­ston. Dis­ney said last year that it plans to launch its own stream­ing ser­vice in 2019 and would pull its firstrun movies from Net­flix to put them on a Dis­ney-branded ser­vice. The as yet un­named pre­quel se­ries will fol­low the ad­ven­tures of Luna’s rebel spy char­ac­ter Cas­sian An­dor in what Dis­ney de­scribed as “tales filled with es­pi­onage and dar­ing mis­sions to re­store hope to a gal­axy in the grip of a ruth­less Em­pire.” A re­lease date was not an­nounced. Luna said in a state­ment that the for­mat would be a chance to “ex­plore this char­ac­ter more deeply.”

Since 2015, Dis­ney has re­leased two of three planned movies based around char­ac­ters orig­i­nated by di­rec­tor Ge­orge Lu­cas in 1977, two stand­alone films, and has an­nounced a slew of other spin-off projects.

Thurs­day’s an­nounce­ment fol­lowed Iger’s ad­mis­sion in a Septem­ber in­ter­view that it had been a mis­take to re­lease a new movie in the sci-fi fran­chise ev­ery year, and that fans should ex­pect “some slow­down” go­ing for­ward.

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