Disney spent the weekend making a slew of new content announcements at its own conference, D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., about its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, launching Nov. 12. It also gave fans looks at much-anticipated content like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The Rise of Skywalker will eventually make its way to Disney+ where all of the other Star Wars movies also will be available. In addition, Disney+ is preparing to launch Jon Favreau’s The Mandelorian, starring Pedro Pascal as a gun-slinging bounty hunter, with the service’s launch Nov. 12.
In addition, Ewan McGregor officially confirmed what had been strongly rumored—that he would be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a standalone series. Diego Luna also will reprise his role as Cassian Andor in a series that will serve as a prequel to Rogue One.
Not to be outdone by Star Wars, Marvel is adding three more series to its overall Disney+ slate: Mrs. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk. Those series join those already announced: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan; WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen, and two standalone series that revolve around the characters of Loki and Hawkeye.
Another big franchise, The Muppets, will join Disney+ with short-form series Muppets Now in 2020. Kermit the Frog actually made the announcement himself on Twitter (redactions courtesy of Joe the Legal Weasel):
In other news, Hilary Duff will return to the role that started it all for her, reprising Lizzie McGuire in a reboot series for the streaming service that will be produced by the original creator, Terri Minsky. The new series will feature a grown-up Lizzie, who is living in New York City with her dream job and dream man. Most recently, Duff can be seen on TV Land’s Younger and she often appears on CBS’ The Talk as a guest host.
And Disney Channel favorites Phineas and Ferb return with a new movie on the service in 2020. Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe sees the stepbrothers stream across the universe to rescue their older sister whether she wants rescuing or not. It’s not the first time Phineas and Ferb have gotten the movie treatment: in 2011, Disney released Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. And the show’s cast of characters have been seen in follow-up series Milo Murphy’s Law. Phineas and Ferb originally aired on the Disney Channel from 2007 to 2015.
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