Rogue One's Cassian Andor to lead new Star Wars TV series

Lula Sharp
November 10, 2018

Lucasfilm is now in development of a second live-action Star Wars Series for Disney +, the new direct to consumer streaming service of the company. Joining Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian is another live-action spin-off series, this one a prequel to Rogue One that focuses on Rebel spy Cassian Andor, who will again be played by Diego Luna.

The new service will carry content from Disney's stable of brand names including Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Pixar, and will be a complement to another online Disney offering - ESPN+, which has 1 million subscribers.

The company described the upcoming show as "tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire", according to Reuters.

In his own statement, Luna said that a TV series format would allow him to "explore this character more deeply".

Disney+ will do what Netflix doesn't: Its app will have microsites within it devoted to various brands: Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Nat Geo and Disney. Disney has revealed its streaming service will be called Disney+, and on Thrusday it announced a few titles the company is working on to get consumers excited about their new product.

During an earnings call earlier today Disney chairman Bob Iger made a huge announcement.

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I enjoyed Rogue One because it felt like they were taking a well-explored film genre and throwing a Star Wars skin over it, which is great. The show will be a prequel to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".

Other already-announced original content includes a High School Musical reboot, an animated series based on Monsters, Inc, and live-action adaptations of The Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone. As Variety first reported, Disney is developing a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or the MCU, as it's commonly known).

"Disney will be aggressive from the outset in offering its services on various platforms", said one source close to the company's internal plans.

They feel that people may end up paying too much to access movies and films that they like.

We still don't know exactly what Loki's next story is, when it's set in the MCU timeline, who else might show up in it, or when it will be released, but we do know at last that Hiddleston is on board for more.

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