Lucasfilm and Disney are working on a prequel series to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and it will star Diego Luna. The new series was confirmed earlier today by Disney CEO Bob Iger, who talked about the Star Wars brand during the company’s earnings call this afternoon.
Diego Luna starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as Cassian Andor, the series will take place before the events of that film, during the rising of the Rebellion against the Empire. The new streaming service also got a name this week, now going by the title “Disney+”. This isn’t the first Star Wars project announced for the streaming service, there is still “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was the very first Star Wars spinoff in the franchise. The film opened with a $155M debut in theaters before grossing over $1B worldwide. That project was directed by Gareth Edwards but “Solo: A Star Wars Story” stopped the spinoffs in their tracks for now. There was no mention of Felicity Jones’ character in the upcoming series, but it would be interesting to see if Forest Whitaker’s character or Ben Mendelsohn’s character appear in the story.
Marvel Studios also got a few shout-outs during the call, the streaming service will host several spinoffs of “The Avengers” into live-action series. So far you can expect to see more of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki character; Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch character, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier character; and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon character. It was first reported by Variety that Tom Hiddleston would be getting a spinoff series earlier this year, but Iger confirmed the project this afternoon.
We still don’t have a launch date or pricing for the new “Disney+” service but we imagine that it will try and rival Netflix which is about $8-$15 a month.