In what is sure to be fantastic news for fans, LucasFilm head, Kathleen Kennedy, confirmed that the studio is working on a project based on the massive video game and subsequent tie-in, Knights of the Old Republic. Beginning life as a video game in 2003, KOTOR has since gone on to inspire countless novels and comic books. This will mark its first foray into live-action territory.
Unfortunately, Kennedy remained tight-lipped on further details, so we’re unsure if the property will be a film, or television series, though it’s certain it will debut on Disney+ in the future.
The final piece of the puzzle from Star Wars Celebration in Chicago was the full unveiling of the upcoming Star Wars live-action series, the first ever created, titled The Mandalorian. Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star as a lone Mandalorian in the outer reaches of the galaxy, joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool) who plays Cara Dune, a former Rebel Shock Trooper, having trouble re-integrating herself into society, and Carl Weathers (Predator) as Greef, a man who heads a guild of bounty hunters that hires The Mandalorian for a specific job.
The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. The live-action series will debut exclusively on Disney+ on November 12. Hit the jump to check out the first official photos from the series.
The Star Wars Celebration kept pumping out the announcements this past weekend, with the reveal of a new upcoming addition to the Star Wars video game universe, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game features an all-new character, Cal Kestis (played by Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan), a young Padawan who somehow managed to survive Order 66.
Players will meet Cal on Bracca, a brand-new Star Wars planet and one of several new locations introduced in the game. Cal is hiding from the Empire in plain sight but is forced to go on the run when he exposes his Force powers. Along the way, Cal will make new friends, like his mysterious companion Cere, as well as run into some familiar faces, all while being accompanied by his faithful droid BD-1. Cal’s flight from the Empire is made even more dangerous as he is being pursued by the Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors, who seeks to hunt Cal down and extinguish this surviving Jedi. Assisting the Second Sister are the terrifying Purge Troopers, special Imperial forces trained to seek out Jedi and aid the Inquisitors in their dastardly work.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released this year on November 15, 2019, for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
The Star Wars Celebration continues to keep on giving, as LucasFilm and Oculus have unveiled the first Star Wars VR Series, Vader Immortal. The game sees the player as a smuggler who is kidnapped by Vader’s forces and said to be a force user that he has been searching for. The one who can help him track down the “Bright Star.”
The series is in canon, and set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV, with the voice talents of Maya Rudolph as ZOE3, and Scott Lawrence as Darth Vader. The game will be out later this year, for the Oculus Rift.
The presentation on Star Wars: Episode IX finished up moments ago, giving us the official title for the definitive end to the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. On top of that, we also received the first teaser trailer for the film, showing the young cast, and a returning Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters worldwide on December 20th, officially wrapping up one of the largest, most influential sagas of films in cinema history.
After the lackluster box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was only a matter of time until we got word of this, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that after the release Star Wars: Episode IX later this year, the series will be on hiatus. “We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter,” said Iger. “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them…We will take a pause, some time, and reset…Because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”
While there are still new Star Wars movies in development from director Rian Johnson, and Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, they have not been officially announced, and have no timetable. The franchise will still be represented, however, with The Mandalorian releasing on Disney+ on November 12th, and Cassian Andor in 2021 on the streaming service.
Disney Investor Day 2019 was last night, and the house of mouse decided to go big with news for its upcoming Disney+ streaming service. First off, Disney+ will launch on November 12th, with a price of $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually, putting them in contention for the best value in streaming, right off the bat.
Secondly, Disney confirmed several Marvel Studios shows, including Falcon & Winter Soldier, WandaVision (previously The Vision & Scarlet Witch), and Loki, as well as the What If? animated series. There was also confirmation that the first episode of What If? will feature Peggy Carter if she had become Captain America, though there’s no official word on Hayley Atwell reprising the role.
Additionally, it was also revealed that, thanks to the Fox merger, The Simpsons and National Geographic programming will be available for streaming exclusively on Disney+, bolstering an already hearty lineup.
You can hit the jump to check out logos for Falcon & Winter Soldier, The Mandalorian, and Lady and the Tramp, as well as our first look at the interface for Disney+.
We’ve known for several months that Taika Waititi would be helming an episode of the live-action Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. Now, thanks to showrunner Jon Favreau, we know he’s providing the voice for an iconic character, as well. Fan-favorite bounty hunter, IG-88, is being brought to life by the quirky actor/director. There is currently no release date for The Mandalorian, but as time goes on, this show just continues to become more special.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
After the box office flop that was Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney essentially shelved all future spin-off films, instead choosing to focus on the main Skywalker saga and Star Wars: Episode IX. However, the addition of Disney+ seems to have shaken things up, as it’s being rumored that the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film could find life as a streaming series on the service with as many as six episodes.
While still just a rumor, the script is said to be great, with Disney high on developing the property. If The Mandalorian and Cassian have success on the platform we could see quite the influx of mini-series in our future.
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Schiff has been tapped to serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars spin-off series, Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising the role as the titular character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Before jumping aboard LucasFilm, Schiff served as showrunner for the critically acclaimed FX series, The Americans, about a husband and wife set of Russian spies posing as a normal American family. While that’s great news, let me know when Alan Tudyk is confirmed to return to the role of K-2SO, the best character in all of Star Wars.
Disney has revealed a new series of shorts, debuting on their new Star Wars Kids YouTube channel on November 30th. Called Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures, the shorts will use original dialogue and sounds from the Star Wars films to introduce the franchise to a new generation, condensing the content for younger audiences.
This is a genius move, with Star Wars Episode IX hitting theaters next year, and parents looking to find ways to get their parents invested in the franchises that they grew up. “Over the years, I’ve had so many of my friends who are parents tell me how much they wanted to introduce their kids to Star Wars but didn’t feel that their kids were quite ready for the movies yet,” James Waugh, VP of franchise content and strategy at Lucasfilm, told StarWars.com. “They wanted a way to celebrate the universe they love.”
After months of rumors and announcements, we finally have a name and official confirmation for Disney’s long-awaited streaming service, now titled Disney+. The service will launch in the United States in late 2019, with the previously announced Mandalorian from Jon Favreau, as well as official confirmation of the Loki series, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his fan-favorite role.
Additionally, we also have the reveal of a new series showcasing the early life of Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Diego Luna reprising his role. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “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.” Currently no release date has been set for that series.
Jon Favreau has confirmed that his live-action Star Wars series, officially titled The Mandalorian, has gone into production. To celebrate, he revealed the first photo from the series, seen above.
In addition, he also revealed the list of directors for the series, and it’s quite impressive. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), making for quite the eclectic cast of all-star directors. The Mandalorian will debut in late 2019.
Jon Favreau has revealed the title and synopsis of his upcoming live-action Star Wars television series for the Disney Streaming Service. Titled The Mandalorian, the synopsis can be found below. Additionally, Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman 1984) is rumored to be the front-runner for the lead in the series.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…