Disney is mounting a live-action prequel series based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, unveiling during its fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday that the film’s original star Diego Luna will topline it. It will mark the second Star Wars-based original series to be created for the Disney+ streaming service set to launch sometime in 2019. Jon 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 Disney CEO Bob 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.”
Iger on Thursday also talked about the creation of a new animated series based on Monster’s Inc franchise, and that a Clone Wars animated series will be available exclusively through Disney+.
The Disney+ streaming service will be “segmented” into these brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.