Disney announced fresh details of its family focused streaming service, including the new name — Disney+.
The direct-to-consumer service, which launches in late 2019, will feature original and library content across Disney’s major entertainment brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. It also will incorporate programming from National Geographic, which it acquires when its $71.3 billion deal with 21st Century Fox closes. (Here’s a preview of what Disney+ will look like.)
Disney CEO Bob Iger teased some of the fresh content coming to Disney+ during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, including a live-action prequel series based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film’s original star Diego Luna will topline it.
This marks the second Star Wars-based original series to be created for the streaming service. Director Favreau is spearheading The Mandalorean, an origin story based on the Jengo Fett and his son, who eventually becomes Boba Fett.
Lucasfilm will produce the series, which will go into production next year. It will follow the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor (Luna) during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” Luna told StarWars.com in a story tied to Iger’s announcement. “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.”
A favorite Marvel character, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, will get an original series on the Disney+ service. Disney Channel musical phenom, High School Musical, will be rebooted for the streaming service.
Iger said Disney+ would mine the Pixar pantheon to create a new animated series based on Monster’s Inc franchise. The service also include such exclusive films as Noel, a Christmas movie about Santa’s daughter played by Anna Kendrick, and Togo, a movie about the 1925 Nome Serum Run starring William DaFoe.