Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Star Wars Live-Action Cassian Andor Show Confirmed

Star Wars Live-Action Cassian Andor Show Confirmed

Here's a surprising development: according to Disney CEO Robert Iger, Diego Luna's Cassian Andor - last seen being blasted to smithereens at the end of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One - is getting his very own spin-off TV series on Disney's forthcoming streaming service, Disney+.

As if it wasn't exciting enough that the spin-off series is even happening, hearing the news that Diego Luna (who played Andor in the film) is reprising his role for the show is better still.

Disney+ will do what Netflix doesn't: Its app will have microsites within it devoted to various brands: Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Nat Geo and Disney. So, if you want to find Star Wars content, there's a dedicated place for that. The show will star Diego Luna, who will be reprising his role as Cassian Andor, a rebel spy who worked alongside Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso to steal the plans for the Death Star in the 2016 film. Lucasfilm is developing the series, which will go into production next year. The initial rollout is domestic in scope, and the company won't change its legacy film-release model in an attempt to flood the zone with new subscribers ("Frozen 2" will still have a theatrical run long before it shows up on Disney+).

Iger sought to differentiate Disney+ plus from Hulu, the streaming service it will gain a controlling 60% stake in with the completion of the Fox deal.

Beyond that, we've heard about a few other shows in the works which will most likely appear on Disney+.

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As for its other streaming services, Iger revealed Disney intends to invest in more original content for Hulu (Disney owns 60 percent of the site).

Along with its spiffy new moniker, it's also been announced that the service will get a second show based in the Star Wars universe, following Jon Favreau's series The Manadalorian, which is already in production. Original movies coming to Disney+ include Noel, starring Anna Kendrick, and Togo, starring Willem Dafoe.

Disney have said that they hope the service will be on the market next year.

Iger also said that Disney would probably increase Hulu's pricing "in the near future". Luna returning is great as overall I liked his acting in the movie, I just didn't care for the character all that much.

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