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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Last updated: 10/11/2017 07:31:03

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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.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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