A couple of months into 2018 Disney announced that it would eventually be taking its movies off of popular streaming services such as Netflix in order to launch its own streaming service, Disney Plus. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger suggested that the streaming service will come in late 2019 and it will be significantly cheaper than the $10.99 monthly cost of a Netflix subscription.
Disney Plus will be headlined by its exclusive access to Marvel and Star Wars films, as well as a handful of television projects that include a live-action Star Wars series, a show based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc., a new Marvel show, and a series based on the High School Musical franchise.
It was previously thought that the Star Wars components of Disney Plus would essentially include the live-action series, The Mandalorian, written by Jon Favreau, and the final season of the animated series, The Clone Wars. The Mandalorian will be centered around a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It takes place after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi and before the formation of the First Order in Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
However, The Mandalorian won’t be the only live-action show available when Disney Plus debuts. Star Wars’ expanded-universe movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will also be getting an independent spin-off, Iger announced Thursday.
Star Wars fans will have to wait a while more to sink their teeth into the live-action series, which will begin production next year, but Iger mentioned that it would follow the adventures of the popular rebel spy, Cassian Andor. The show will take place during the early years of the Rebellion and before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, according to a news release about the show’s announcement.
Andor will be played by the same actor as in Rogue One, Diego Luna, who seems to be very excited about the opportunity to get back to fighting the Empire.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply,” said Luna in the news release.
While the series doesn’t have an official title, it will most likely fill many of the gaps that were left between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope. Anakin Skywalker has just become Darth Vader and Darth Sidious is still celebrating his successful takeover of the galaxy. Andor will have to carefully avoid capture while executing thrilling missions against the Empire to restore hope and begin the Rebellion.
An official release date has not been announced. More information can be found at StarWars.com.
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