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Marvel, Star Wars shows launch Disney SVoD

Diego Luna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Walt Disney Company has revealed the name of its forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service and confirmed new projects set in the Star Wars and Marvel universes that will air on the platform.

Disney+ is scheduled to launch in the US in late 2019 and will feature a host of series and movies mined from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic brands.

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger yesterday revealed details of two new projects heading for the service, whose pricing has not yet been announced and which was previously thought to be called Disney Play.

Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that will go into production next year, joining previously announced show The Mandalorian, which is being written and executive produced by Jon Favreau (Iron Man).

Bob Iger

The as-yet-untitled series, described as a spy thriller, will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of 2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna (Narcos: Mexico) will reprise the role of Andor, which he played in the film.

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said 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.”

A release date for the series has yet to be announced. The Mandalorian, meanwhile, is currently in production and is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.

Its line-up of directors includes Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok).

Iger also confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on the Marvel Comics character Loki, which will star Tom Hiddleston, who has played Loki in several Marvel films.

The new projects join a slate films and series planned for Disney+ that includes new stories set in the worlds of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc and Disney Channel’s High School Musical.

Analysts have predicted Disney+ could be handed an annual content spend of as much as US$30bn. It comes after the Mouse House announced it would be removing its movies from Netflix in order to focus on its own streamer.

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