Dis­ney plans new 'Star Wars' pre­quel se­ries for stream­ing ser­vice

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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.”

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