By this time next year, Disney will have become the largest entertainment monopoly in the world after the merger with FOX concludes over the summer. But the story most will be focusing on will be the launch of their standalone streaming service, the first to pose a significant challenge to Netflix’s domination in the field. "Disney+" as it’s currently called until an official name is given, is planning a murderer’s row of content for their late 2019 launch, the latest being a Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff series featuring breakout star Diego Luna.
This is the second live-action limited series from Lucasfilm to be announced as part of the Disney+ lineup. The first, The Mandalorian, is already in production and is expected to premiere when the new service debuts in late 2019. This new series will probably follow in 2020, as it is not going into production until after the new year.
This is also the first direct spinoff of an existing Lucasfilm movie. The Mandalorian is vaguely based on the idea of a character wearing Boba Fett like armor who was seen around the edges of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the show is not a direct spinoff. This series, on the other hand, is a prequel story to 2016’s standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, focusing on the previous adventures of longtime rebel Cassian Andor.
According to StarWars.com, which officially broke the news:
Cassian Andor made Luca a household name in 2016, and he relishes getting to return to the role.
Here is the still-untitled show’s current logline:
There is no specified length to the new series, though fans can assume it will probably run somewhere between six and ten episodes. (The Mandalorian will be eight.)
Lucasfilm’s two live-action shows will stream alongside multiple Marvel crossover limited live-action TV series on Disney+, which like this series will be anchored by stars from the big screen. Disney is also planning exclusive movie content for the new service, including a live-action remake of Lady & The Tramp starring Tessa Thompson.
Disney+ is expected to launch in late 2019.
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