Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy reveals plans for 10 ‘Star Wars’ and 10 Marvel series to stream on Disney+ in the next few years, along with other enticing programming tidbits.
HUGE news for Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars fans. In yesterday’s big Disney investor meeting, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy revealed plans for 10 Star Wars and 10 Marvel series to stream on Disney+ in the next few years. PHEW! That’s 20 series in less than five years, which is ambitious to say the least.
Two of these series will be Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni-led Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka, which will both take place in The Mandalorian timeline. "These interconnected shows, along with future stories, will excite new audiences, embrace our most passionate fans, and will culminate in a climactic story event," Kennedy told The Hollywood Reporter.
Lando has also been confirmed sans a Donald Glover attachment (we’re still crossing fingers), along with a Rogue One prequel entitled Andor and a High Republic era series The Acolyte. Perhaps most excitingly, the rumor that Hayden Christensen would appear in the Obi-Wan miniseries as Darth Vader was also confirmed, fulfilling many a fan fantasy. "This will be the rematch of the century," remarked Kennedy.
The Star Wars Twitter account has revealed a new teaser title for the series:
Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/9WR2npRUkk
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020
In addition, Patty Jenkins was revealed as the director of upcoming Star Wars film Rogue Squadron due for a Christmas 2023 release. Jenkins took to Twitter to talk about what the opportunity means to her:
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 10, 2020
Disney is leaning HARD into streaming, perhaps distancing themselves from the backlash of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and instead aiming for the (quarantine proof) small screen. With so much information to unpack, we’ll be posting updates as more details are revealed.