Back in February, former Disney CEO, Bob Iger, alluded to the future of “Star Wars” being on television stating, “the priority in the next few years is television.” While Lucasfilm has a few theatrical films in the works, the projects getting fast-tracked are series headed to Disney+. “The Mandalorian” opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the galaxy far, far away. Since then, the studio has announced both a Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan series along with rumblings of “Mandalorian” spin-offs. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm are continuing to make good on their promise of more “Star Wars” TV as a new series is in development.
According to Variety, Lucasfilm has tapped “Russian Doll” co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer, Leslye Headland, to develop a new “Star Wars” series for Disney+. Details regarding the project are scarce, but the report suggests that “it will be a female-centric series that takes place in a different part of the ‘Star Wars’ timeline.” Headland will pen the script and serve as showrunner.
Netflix’s “Russian Doll” was a phenomenon earning 13 Emmy nominations and winning three awards in its first season. One can only imagine that Headland will bring the same unique style and craftsmanship to the “Star Wars” universe.
While script issues have plagued both the Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan series, “The Mandalorian” continues to move full steam ahead. Just yesterday, Variety confirmed a third season of Disney+’s hit series is already in development well before the premiere of Season 2.
It’s clear Kathleen Kennedy and the team at Lucasfilm are looking to shake things up, providing a platform for new and diverse voices. The report comes following the inspired decision to greenlight an untitled “Star Wars” film from “Slight” director JD Dillard. Following the mixed conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, Kennedy is making it known that Lucasfilm wishes to broaden their horizons moving forward.