By Dan Moren
November 8, 2018 2:06 PM PT
If it seems like just a couple weeks ago that we were getting news on Jon Favreau’s live action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, that’s because it…was. But Disney has already announced it’s working on a second live action series set in the Star Wars universe, this one following Rogue One’s Cassian Andor. Actor Diego Luna will return to the role for the show, which will center on espionage adventures prior to the events of Rogue One, for obvious reasons.
Honestly, I was just thinking about Cassian the other day and how I was bummed we wouldn’t get more about him. That said, I’m fascinated to see how they draw his character; when we meet him in Rogue One, he’s not exactly the nicest of guys. Will this be a darker series in tone?
Given Solo’s apparently disappointing box office and the death of the Boba Fett movie, this seems to point to Disney repositioning Star Wars into a serialized TV format. (This makes three series, including the currently airing Resistance animated show, and not including the forthcoming conclusion to the Clone Wars series).
In some ways, that pivot’s no surprise, given the era of Peak TV we live in now, plus the ability to build ongoing original content for the company’s upcoming streaming service. The question is whether viewers will show up for this content in a way that they didn’t necessarily for the feature films. Right now Disney’s Episode IX is still scheduled for December 2019, and there is a trilogy in development from The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson as well as some number of films from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—but little is known about any of those movies.