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Disney to launch new ‘Star Wars’ series, one with Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader
Marvel and “Star Wars” fans are about to get more content than they hoped for — and a major blast from the past.
Disney will be launching “roughly” 10 Marvel series, 10 “Star Wars” series and 15 live-action, animation and Pixar series over the next few years, Kareem Daniel, chairman of media and entertainment distribution for Disney, revealed during investor day.
But one project stands out from them all: Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Darth Vader in Disney+ series “Obi-Wan,” The Wrap reported.
Fifteen new live-action, Disney Animation and Pixar features will be released directly on Disney+, Daniel said during the investor call.
“With these Disney+ originals, along with theatrical releases and library titles, we will be adding something new to the service every week,” Daniel said.
No details about the series were released, but it will most likely include the upcoming Cassian Andor series, which is a prequel of “Rogue One,” an Obi-Wan Kenobi series and a female-centered series from Leslye Headland of “Russian Doll.”
The announcement comes as the second season of “The Mandalorian” is finishing. It was also Daniel’s public debut following a reorganization within Disney’s content and distribution operations to switch to a focus on streaming.
More consumers are moving to streaming entertainment due to the coronavirus and its effect on movie theaters.
Daniel said the restructuring was meant to “allocate creative budgets across platforms to maximize engagement and impact.” He added that new teams were working on a range of content, with some premiering in movie theaters and on linear networks first, as well as building up new original content for the streaming service.
It was also announced that Hulu will launch original films by 20th Century Studios and Searchlight.