Disney Banking On Star Wars and Marvel To Compete With Netflix

Star Wars TV series with Diego Luna as his Rogue One character in the works

Disney CEO Bob Iger teased some of the exclusive content coming to Disney+ during the company's fourth quarter earnings call, including a live-action prequel series based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The new service will be called Disney+, and it will include content from Disney and connected brands, including a brand new television show centred on Marvel anti-hero Loki.

Among the other projects being planned for the Disney streaming service is a Star Wars live-action series revolving around the character Cassian Andor, who featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). At the present time, the Rogue One prequel series doesn't have a premiere date, but with production slated to begin early next year, a 2020 release seems realistic. The film's original star Diego Luna will topline it as Cassian Andor.

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. Can you come up with something better?

Star Diego Luna will be returning to reprise his role as the rebel spy for the new series.

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These shows join an already impressive lineup for Disney which will include shows set in the World of Disney / Pixar's Monsters Inc., Disney Channels High School Musical, and The Mandalorian.

The new service will feature all your Disney and Pixar favorites along with everything from the Star Wars franchise and the Marvel universe.

"We think there's an opportunity to increase investment in Hulu, notably on the programming side with this acquisition comes not only some great [intellectual property] but some excellent talent particularly on the TV side".

Disney+ launches late next year. The new season of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars is also appearing on the streaming site. The company believes that customers are moving more deeply into the world of subscription streaming and it needs to be there to vacuum up their dollars.

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