Fans were treated to all sorts of exclusive content during Disney’s second annual Disney Plus Day on Friday, Nov. 12, with all of Disney’s marquee brands—Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, Star Wars and, international markets, Star—represented.
Perhaps the most anticipated coming Disney Plus project, Obi Wan Kenobi, features Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles as the Jedi Master and his wayward padawan, Anakin Skywalker, who is now fully converted into the evil Sith lord, Darth Vader.
The story picks up a decade after the end of Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith (the third prequel) and tells the story of Obi-Wan delivering baby Luke to his aunt and uncle on Tatooine and what else Obi-Wan was up to during that dark time.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, directed by Deborah Chow, premieres next year.
Also coming from the Star Wars universe is The Book of Boba Fett, a spinoff of Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian. In advance of that, the service has debuted a documentary on the fandom around the character, Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett.
Lucasfilm also is rebooting 1988 fantasy film Willow, with Warwick Davis reprising the title role as well as a new supporting cast, including Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Tony Revolori, Amar Chadha Patel and Dempsey Byrk. The movie will premiere exclusively on Disney Plus next year.
The following video features Davis announcing his new castmates:
Continuing its massive content expansion, Marvel had much to announce on Disney Plus Day, including seven new live-action series; four new animated series; a series of short-form videos focusing on Guardians of the Galaxy’s fan-favorite character, Groot, and a holiday special featuring the Guardians from director James Gunn.
All of these series join Marvel’s 2021 TV series WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and this month’s Hawkeye as Marvel continues to ramp up its TV presence on Disney Plus.
Disney Plus subscribers can log in to watch a 15-minute video about all of the existing series as well as everything new coming to the Marvel universe.
Moon Knight, coming next year, stars Oscar Isaac as a vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. All of his personalities are in a deadly war with the gods. Moon Knight is directed by executive producer Mohamed Diab. Jeremy Slater is head writer.
She-Hulk stars Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Perry Mason) as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specializes in cases including superhumans. Mark Ruffalo, playing The Hulk, and Tim Roth, as the Abomination, also star. She-Hulk, coming next year, is directed by executive producer Kat Coiro with Anu Valia also directing. Executive producer Jessica Gao serves as head writer.
Ms. Marvel introduces Kamala Khan—a 16-year-old Pakistani American from Jersey City. An aspiring artist, an avid gamer and voracious fan-fiction scribe, she is a huge fan of the Avengers—and one in particular, Captain Marvel. But Kamala has always struggled to find her place in the world—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel. The series is directed by executive producers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with executive producer Bisha K. Ali serving as head writer. Ms. Marvel premieres on Disney Plus next summer.
Other live-action series coming to the service include Echo, starring Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, a character that will be introduced in Hawkeye; Ironheart, starring Dominique Thorne as genius inventor Riri Williams; Agatha: House of Harkness, with Kathryn Hahn reprising her role as Agatha from WandaVision; and Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos, both of whom first met in Captain Marvel.
On the animated side, Marvel is bringing out X-Men ‘97, season two of What If …?, Spider-Man Freshman Year and Marvel Zombies, which, as one would expect, features Marvel heroes battling zombies.
National Geographic has two adventure series coming out starring two big movie stars: Chris Hemsworth, also known as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Will Smith.
Hemsworth stars in six-part original Limitless, which explores just how far the human body can go.
And on December 8, Will Smith travels to unexplored corners of the world in six-part original series, Welcome to Earth:
Nat Geo also has six-part natural history series America the Beautiful coming to Disney Plus next year.
Finally, Disney itself has many projects on the way, including a reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen coming in March 2022; Enchanted sequel Disenchanted starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey and Hocus Pocus 2 starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy both debuting in fall 2022; Sneakerella, a modern-day retelling of Cinderella, dropping Feb. 18, 2022; and new live-action series The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the best-selling books.