Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff series coming to Disney’s streaming service

The first Star Wars expanded-universe movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is now getting its own spin-off show which will air on Disney’s streaming service Disney+, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today.

The new Star Wars series, which will follow Rogue One’s charming rebel, Cassian Andor, will be a spy thriller set before the events of the film. Diego Luna, who played Andor in the original film, will return to the role for the series.

“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,” Luna said in a press release about the show’s announcement.

Disney’s streaming service is an aggressive play to take on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (although after the Fox merger, that last one may wind up being just another arm of the conglomerate’s business). Star Wars is a logical area of content to bolster the new initiative; the Cassian Andor series joins another Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, written by Jon Favreau (Jungle Book), and one final season of the animated The Clone Wars as part of the official roster. Don’t expect Rogue One to be on Netflix for too much longer.

Also on the docket: series based on High Fidelity, Mighty Ducks and Monsters, Inc., a live-action remake of The Lady and the Tramp with voices by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux and a handful of Marvel limited series, including one-offs for Loki, Scarlett Witch, and a team-up between Winter Soldier and Falcon.

Meanwhile, we can’t wait for Luna’s return to Star Wars. For obvious reasons.

Article credit: https://www.polygon.com/2018/11/8/18076924/star-wars-rogue-one-spinoff-series-disney-streaming

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