Well look at that! Disney isn’t just putting all their stock into their brand new streaming service, which will debut next year and has officially be given the name Disney+, but Disney is relying on Star Wars to get them there. First it was the long-awaited return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then the first ever live-action series was announced with Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian and now, thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger himself, we have yet another live-action series on the way! And people, this one is a doozy.
Iger revealed today, via StarWars.com, that Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016, will be returning to the galaxy far, far away in a series that will focus on his character prior to the events of Rogue One (excuse me while I scream like a 5 year old girl over he latest Barbie doll). Here’s a quick description of the series, followed by comments from Luna himself: “The series, which will go into production next year, follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor.” “The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”
“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.”
Outside of that small excerpt, Luna’s comments, StarWars.com describing it as a “rousing spy thriller,” and that it will go into production next year, no other details have been revealed at this time. But to be quite honest, that’s a lot more than I was expecting from the initial announcement! They aren’t keeping this one a secret at all because they know how excited fans are going to be over this one. With the series aiming to start production next year, I’m sure Disney and Lucasfilm are hard at work with writers and hiring director’s for episodes. Hopefully we’ll know more soon…
In the meantime, what do you think of this massive news? Is this the direction you want to see Star Wars go? Is Cassian Andor a great fit to follow in a TV series? Which characters do you think will appear? How excited or not excited are you? If you aren’t excited, shame on you… Sound off in the comments below!