- Disney is developing many TV and movie projects for its upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus.
- They include three live-action “Star Wars” TV shows, eight Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, and a “Monsters Inc.” series.
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Disney is entering the streaming war this year with its Netflix rival, Disney Plus.
On top of Disney’s already extensive library of content, it is developing many original shows and movies for the platform, including three live-action “Star Wars” shows and eight Marvel TV series spinning out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Disney revealed further details about its slate of content at the Disney D23 expo over the weekend.
Its original content also includes a “Monsters Inc.” series, a “High School Musical” series, a “Lizzie McGuire” revival, and movies starring Anna Kendrick and Willem Dafoe.
Disney will go head-to-head with Netflix, ending a licensing deal with the streaming giant this year. All new Disney theatrical releases, starting with “Captain Marvel,” will eventually land on Disney Plus.
In April, Disney informed investors they predict 60 million to 90 million subscribers by 2024 for Disney Plus, and it plans to spend $US1 billion in the first year and $US2 billion yearly by 2024 on original content.
The service will cost subscribers $US6.99 a month or $US69.99 a year ($US5.83 per month) when it launches on November 12.
Below are the confirmed projects in development for Disney Plus, including which ones will be available on launch day:
The writer and producer Jon Favreau, who directed Disney hits like “Iron Man” and “The Lion King,” is developing the first “Star Wars” live-action TV series, “The Mandalorian.”
It takes place between the original and the new “Star Wars” trilogies, following a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
Episodes will be directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, the “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, and more. The “Narcos” star Pedro Pascal plays the title character.
The series will be available November 12, when Disney Plus launches.
A Cassian Andor “Star Wars” series
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed in November during an earnings call that a “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” spin-off starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor is in the works.
Andor died at the end of “Rogue One,” so this will be set before the events of the movie.
The official “Star Wars” website described it as a “spy thriller” that “follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion.”
A new season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
The animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which ended in 2014 after six seasons on Cartoon Network, will return for a 12-episode seventh season exclusively on Disney Plus. The series returns in February.
Obi-Wan Kenobi “Star Wars” series
Disney announced at D23 over the weekend that Ewan McGregor will reprise his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi from the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy in a new Disney Plus series.
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their MCU roles of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, respectively, for the series set to debut next fall.
Tom Hiddleston will reprise his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as the God of Mischief and Thor’s adopted brother in “Loki,” set to premiere in spring 2021.
A Marvel series starring Scarlet Witch
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will star as their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively, in this series set to premiere in spring 2021.
A Marvel “What If?” animated series
A “What If?” series is also being made for Disney Plus, which will focus on alternate realities of Marvel. It stars Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher, and MCU actors such as Hayley Atwell will return to voice their characters. It premieres in summer 2021.
A Marvel series starring Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner will return as Clint Barton/Hawkeye. The series will introduce Kate Bishop, a popular character also known as Hawkeye in the comics. The series debuts in fall 2021.
In the comics, Ms. Marvel is teenage, Pakistani American Kamala Khan, who takes the name Ms. Marvel after Carol Danvers becomes Captain Marvel.
In the comics, Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a marine-turned-mercenary who finds redemption after becoming the avatar for an Egyptian god.
In the comics, She-Hulk is the Hulk/Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters.
“Monsters at Work”
“Monster At Work,” based on the Pixar movie “Monsters, Inc.,” comes to Disney Plus in 2020.
“Forky Asks a Question”
Disney announced at D23 “Forky Asks a Question,” a collection of shorts starring Forky from “Toy Story 4.” It will be available November 12.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
Disney announced the stars of its upcoming “High School Musical” series for Disney Plus in February. The cast includes a group of young up-and-coming actors such as Joshua Bassett (“Stuck in the Middle”), Frankie Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), and Olivia Rodrigo (“Bizaardvark”). It debuts November 12.
“Lizzie McGuire” revival series
Hilary Duff is set to return as Lizzie McGuire in a revival series for Disney Plus. A release date hasn’t been announced. The original series ran on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004.
“Encore!,” from executive producer Kristen Bell, is a reality series where adults rejoin their high school musical castmates to put on another show. It premieres November 12.
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”
Actor Jeff Goldblum will host a docuseries for National Geographic, which will be available on the Disney Plus service. “Jeff pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas,” is how the show was described at the presentation to investors in April.
Disney became owner of National Geographic after it bought 20th Century Fox.
“Muppets Now” is an unscripted, short-form series debuting on Disney Plus in 2020 that will feature celebrity guest stars.
A “Lady and the Tramp” live-action remake
Disney is developing a live-action remake of its animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” for Disney Plus.
In a January interview with Barron’s, Iger said the movie was never considered for a theatrical release.
“There was not one discussion about whether we should make that for the big screen,” Iger said. “Everybody said this is a great story, would love to make it again, let’s make it for what we call ‘the service’ internally.”
Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader are starring in “Noelle,” a movie about Santa’s daughter (played by Kendrick). It was originally scheduled for a November release this year in theatres but will debut on Disney Plus on November 12.
“Secret Society of Second-Born Royals”
“Secret Society of Second-Born Royals” is a new movie coming exclusively to Disney Plus in 2020, starring Skylar Astin and Peyton Elizabeth Lee.
“Togo,” starring Willem Dafoe
The movie tells the true story of the 1925 Nome serum run, when 20 mushers raced across Alaska by dog sled to transport an antitoxin for a deadly bacteria that was ravaging the small town.
“Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe”
A “Phineas and Ferb” movie, based on the popular animated series that aired on the Disney Channel from 2007 to 2015, will debut on Disney Plus. A release date hasn’t been announced.
“One Day at Disney”
“One Day at Disney” is a documentary about a day in the life of employees at Disney parks around the globe. It will be available to stream December 3.
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