altIt has been months in the making, but Disney finally announced the name of their upcoming streaming service. The Over-the-top product will be known as Disney+, creating synergy with the already existing ESPN+. The streaming service will hold a variety of new shows and films, in addition to the vast library now owned by Disney. The service will launch in late 2019. This was not all the news we got from the House of Mouse.
According to Deadline, we got news about a handful of their upcoming programs coming Disney+. The big headline coming from the announcement was the addition of another “Star Wars” based television show. This one will be focused on telling the story of the Diego Luna character, Cassian Andor, prior to the events of “Rogue One.” Considering how that film ends, a sequel series was simply impossible. What will be interesting to see is how much K2SO, the wise-cracking droid voiced by Alan Tudyk, will be involved. Regardless, the Luna led series will be the second “Star Wars” series on the service, following “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau.
Additionally, other series have been announced for the service. The fan-favorite villain from the MCU, Loki (Tom Hiddelston) will also receive a spin-off series. There will also be a reboot of “High School Musical,” the first of which only debuted in 2006. One that should have Pixar fans excited is the new “Monster Inc.” animated series, although little is known about it at this time. Two original movies already being developed for the service are “Noel,” starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, and “Togo” about the 1925 Nome Serum Run, which will star Willem Dafoe. This is quite a list of programs already, which should complement the already established library Disney has curated.