We’ve had the trailers for trailers and now it looks like we’re getting prequels for prequels with the interesting news that one of the key characters featured in Star Wars: Rogue One is the central piece in yet another proposed Star Wars television series.
Disney‘s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced today that Lucasfilm is developing a second live-action Star Wars series as one of the cornerstones of its planned independent streaming service known as Disney+ which it intends to launch later in 2019. It is not known yet when this second series itself would actually debut, possibly being sometime in 2020. The series follows Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor and would chart his journey through the ranks of the Rebellion and his missions as a spy for the cause prior to the fateful encounters seen in Rogue One.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” Luna told starwars.com. “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.”
Disney had previously announced a series currently entitled The Mandalorian that takes place after the original trilogy (ie: after Return of the Jedi) but before The Force Awakens. The story tells of ‘a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…‘ and is being written and produced by Jon Favreau. It is believed the ten episode series will have a budget of around $100 million. Filming has now begun and seems to have been unaffected by the reported theft of some props from the Manhattan Beach-based set in late October.