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Disney to christen its new streaming platform with a live-action Star Wars TV series

on November 09, 2017, 11:20pm

Today brought two exciting announcements for fans of Star Wars. Not only was The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson tapped to create a brand new trilogy set in the Star Wars film universe, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed a Star Wars live-action TV series is coming to the company’s forthcoming streaming service. The confirmation came during a quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

Details are scarce about the series, but it’s notable in that it will be the Star Wars universe’s first live-action TV series. The five existing series—including old shows like Star Wars: Ewoks, recent ones like The Clone Wars, and upcoming ones like YouTube’s Star Wars: Force of Destiny—are all animated.

(Read: How Star Wars Almost Didn’t Happen)

This isn’t the first promised live-action Star Wars series, however. George Lucas announced a series called Star Wars: Underworld in 2005, but the project never materialized despite there apparently being scripts written for 50 episodes.

Disney announced its still-untitled streaming platform back in August, saying it’s set to launch in 2019. The Star Wars series will be accompanied by new TV series based on Disney properties Monsters Inc. and High School Musical. Programming from third parties and ABC Studios, another Disney asset, will be considered as well.

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