You’ll need Disney’s streaming service to see a new Star Wars series


Disney just announced that Diego Luna will star in a Rogue One prequel series about his character, Cassian Andor, that will premiere on Disney's streaming service, now officially called Disney+.

The show, which will go into production next year, will follow Cassian's adventures during the formative years of the Rebellion, and before the events of Rogue One.

Disney announced fresh details of its family focused streaming service, including the new name - Disney+. The service will have original programming and "unprecedented access" to library titles from the Disney brand itself, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Diego Luna is heading back to Star Wars. That's the main draw of the streaming network right now, and with Pay TV deals with studios coming up every few years, they have a chance to replace the new Disney, Marvel and Star Wars movies in the future.

"We're going into the marketplace, we're seeing disruption, and hopefully we're reacting to it in a timely matter", Iger said, explaining that Disney is looking to "take advantage" of the volatility in the television market.

There was some confusion about the potential name for the service when a app icon for the Play Disney Parks app was confused for a leak of the streaming service.

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Besides feature films and TV shows, Disney+ will also be home to original docu-series, including one on Disney Imagineering, the Disney division that dreams up and creates attractions for Disney's theme parks. The service will also have a plethora of animated content including the next season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and a new animated series based on Pixar's Monsters Inc.

Disney will own 60% of the streaming service after the Fox purchase, and Iger said that Disney would be interested in buying the remaining stakes from Comcast and AT&T if they were willing to sell.

Before today, none of that had actually been confirmed though, but now, the Mouse House has made the official announcement.

In Rogue One, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction.

Hulu is expected to play a large part in Disney's plan to be an aggressive player in the direct-to-consumer TV market now dominated by Netflix and Amazon.