Disney announces Star Wars 'Rogue One' live-action series

Diego Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in new Rogue One A Star Wars Story.                  Lucasfilm

Diego Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in new Rogue One A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm

Characters of Star Wars take part in an event held for the release of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France, December 17, 2015.

Disney is wasting no time with announcing shows for their streaming service that is slated to launch next year.

"Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me", Luna shared. Given that film's high mortality rate, a sequel would have been a hard proposition. The streaming service was previously said to be called Disney Play, but that was a bad title and Disney+ allows the company to follow in the footsteps of ESPN+, the sports subscription streaming service which Disney already owns. And considering the character's history, we might get to see another fan-favorite droid make his return at some point too - Andor's faithful K-2S0, a reprogrammed Imperial security droid (voiced by Disney regular Alan Tudyk), who stole the show in the 2016 film. The most notable additions are a pair of live-action series Disney is planning for two of its biggest franchises, Star Wars and the MCU. "I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey".

The company says the drama is in the works for Disney's new streaming service and follows the adventures of the rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion.

Disney announced fresh details of its family focused streaming service, including the new name - Disney+.

Luna said in a statement that the format would be a chance to "explore this character more deeply".

Iger also said Disney is developing a new series based around Marvel comic book villain Loki, starring British actor Tom Hiddleston.

"We always believed we had the brands and content to be extremely competitive and to thrive alongside Netflix, Amazon, and anyone else in the market", he added.

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