Turns out that one live-action series and the return/conclusion of a beloved animated series set in a galaxy far far away was not enough for Disney’s upcoming streaming platform. Already having made back their original $4 billion investment, Disney/Lucasfilm are adding another live-action series to continue expanding the Star Wars universe.
As announced on StarWars.com, the new series, which will stand alongside the already announced Jon Favreau Mandalorian series and the returning animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will star Diego Luna as the actor returns to play the Rebellion member Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story once more on the Disney+ streaming platform. While Cassian’s story was bookended with that prequel film, the new series will leap into the past to explore his history in the formative years of the Rebellion before that fateful mission for the Death Star plans.
“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.”
Since Cassian seemed to be working as a spy ahead of the Rogue One mission, the series will continue that thread with him going on espionage and dangerous missions for the Rebellion in their fight against the Empire. This will be the latest series to explore these years between the prequel films and the original trilogy as the formation of the Rebellion was a big part of the recently concluded Star Wars Rebels animated series.
There is no current release date for the series, with Disney+ set to arrive sometime in late 2019.