Disney Names Streaming Service ‘Disney+’, Announces ‘Rogue One’ Star Wars Series & Confirms ‘Loki’ Series
Disney held an “earning call” today where CEO Bob Iger gave a bunch of financial info, which we really don’t care about, but then also gave out some very interesting news about their new streaming service, and an update on the shows which will be on it.
Firstly, the streaming service will be called “Disney+”… or “Disney Plus” for those of you averse to symbols. However, the more interesting announcement was that there would be a new live-action Star Wars series coming to the service which follows ‘Rogue One’s Cassian Andor prior to the events of the movie.
The new show will see Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor, and follows the adventures of the rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion. It will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” commented 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.”
This is the second new Star Wars series to land on Disney+ following the previous announcement of Jon Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian‘. Disney+ will also be the home to the next season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ animated series.
Moving over to (one of) Disney’s other major franchises, Iger also confirmed they are making a ‘Loki’ tv series, and it will definitely see Tom Hiddleston return to the role. When the rumours of this series were announced, there was talk of taking a number of Marvels MCU characters, such as Scarlet Witch, and making a set of these limited series, each focusing on one character. There have since been further rumours of more limited series featuring Falcon and Winter Soldier. Whilst Iger has only mentioned the Loki series, it’s possible more will be announced at a later date, and Loki will just be the first of many.
In addition to all that, we know Disney+ will feature a ‘High School Musical’ series, and a ‘Monsters Inc.’ animated series, and a female-led ‘High Fidelity’ series starring Zoë Kravitz. What we don’t yet know is when Disney+ will launch in the UK. At the moment the only information we have is that the new streaming service will launch in the US at some point in late 2019, then around the world after that… Hopefully, they won’t wait too long, but we’ll keep you posted!
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