New Streaming Service Disney+ to Launch in Late 2019

Speaking during the live audio webcast of Disney’s fiscal full-year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed that the company would launch a new direct-to-consumer streaming service called Disney+ in the U.S. in late 2019.

Disney+ will be Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, launching in fall 2019 ©Disney

According to Iger, there are a number of new series in development for the streaming service.

A Star Wars live-action series based on the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor (portrayed by actor Diego Luna in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is being developed by Lucasfilm for Disney+ and will go into production next year. A release date will be announced in the future.

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor ©Lucasfilms

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will also be represented on Disney+. Marvel Studios is developing a series based on fan-favorite Loki, the god of mischief, which will star Tom Hiddleston.

These new projects join a slate of films and series planned for Disney+ that includes new stories set in the worlds of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm revealed that Emmy®-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau will write and executive produce The Mandalorian for Disney+. The live-action series, which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, is currently in production with a lineup of directors that include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates).

How excited are you for these new Star Wars and Marvel series and this new streaming service? We’re pretty darn excited!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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