Disney plans new 'Star Wars' prequel series for streaming service
LOS ANGELES: Anew “Star Wars” 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 “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and will star Diego Luna, Iger said in an earnings call. The series will start pro- duction 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 first- run movies from Netflix to put them on a Disney-branded service.
The as yet unnamed “Rogue One” 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.”