Disney announces new live action Star Wars TV series

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The live-action Star Wars universe is heading for the small screen. Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced plans for a live-action Star Wars TV series to debut on Disney's new streaming service. This comes alongside the announcement of a new Star Wars trilogy of movies, not connected to the Skywalker saga and headed up by Star Wars: The Last Jedi screenwriter and director Rian Johnson. Both the movie trilogy and TV series will debut after 2020.

The new streaming service will debut in 2019 and the new Star Wars TV series will be joined by three other live-action shows also based on Disney properties; Marvel, Monster’s Incand High School Musical.

During the call to investors, Iger stated:

“Our advantage as a company is to take advantages that exist out there for good television and take advantage of it.”

There is also talk of another animated Star Wars TV series, with current show Star Wars: Rebels currently early into its fourth and final season. This is the second attempt at launching a live action show, with George Lucas' bounty hunter-themed Star Wars: Underworld failing to gain traction before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney.

There is no news yet on what the TV series will be about but we'll be following this announcement eagerly...

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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