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Star Wars TV series with Diego Luna as his Rogue One character in the works

Star Wars Film Rogue One to Get Prequel Series at Disney's Streaming Service; Diego Luna to Reprise Role

Other announcements: Disney Chairman CEO Bob Iger made the announcement during an earnings call with investors.

The news of this Cassian Andor spinoff series follows the already-announced show The Mandalorian, which is the Star Wars' live-action TV series that's coming from director Jon Favreau.

The as yet unnamed Rogue One prequel series will follow the adventures of Luna's rebel spy character Cassian Andor in what Disney described as "tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire".

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A live-action series based on god-of-mischief "Loki" from "Thor" comic lore is being developed by Marvel Studios for Disney+, according to Iger. Well, as I've learned many a time in this line of work, never assume that any title is going to stick around (hell, Edge of Tomorrow proved that a movie's title could change even after its release), and Disney Play is no different. The series will star Tom Hiddleston, who will reprise the role. For starters, it seems we got the name wrong as it's not Disney Play but rather Disney+. Still not a bad haul for a movie, but not almost good enough for a Star Wars movie. There will also be exclusive movies, including Noel starring Anna Kendrick as Santa's daughter, and Togo starring Willem Dafoe, plus earlier digital access to blockbuster cinematic releases like Captain Marvel. Jon Favreau is now developing another Star Wars-based show, The Mandalorian - which, going by the title alone, sounds pretty cool. Iger said Disney is aiming to win new subscribers by investing in more original programming and taking Hulu into new worldwide markets.

The business has launched a website for the service, which highlights its portfolio of brands, including Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo and Star Wars. There will also new new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, one of the most anticipated revivals for animated shows to date. Like Netflix, they'll also be making their own shows and movies.

Disney this week revealed details about its homegrown streaming service. We do have a rough idea of what might be on it, given Disney announced over a year ago it'd be pulling its movies from rival platform Netflix - so one might reasonably assume the redoubtable Disney library will be the Disney+ jumping-off point.

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