Anaheim (USA) (AFP) – Disney announced a new Star Wars TV series featuring actor Jude Law on Thursday at an event in California, where no new feature films were discussed, the entertainment giant focused on streaming.
Harrison Ford and Ewan McGregor appeared on stage in front of a crowd of enthusiasts in Anaheim, near Los Angeles, for the “Star Wars Party,” a convention held every few years, regularly for the release of a new film.
But TV series dominated Thursday night’s intro presentation, where fans were treated to clips from the upcoming series “Andor” and the third season of “The Mandalorian”.
Above all, Disney has confirmed the creation of the “Skeleton Crew” series, in which British star Jude Law will play, and which will be directed by Jon Watts, the director of the latest Spider-Man.
“It’s the story of a group of kids about ten years old from a very small planet, and they accidentally get lost in the Star Wars galaxy,” Jon Watts said, describing the new series.
The presentation began with the presence of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who both repeated their roles from the second trilogy of films, released around the 2000s, to the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series.
Two episodes were to be previewed for fans on Thursday, a day before they are available to everyone on the Disney + streaming platform.
No news on upcoming movies
Disney bought Lucasfilm and its $ 4 billion franchise in 2012 and immediately began production of a new trilogy and spin-off films “Solo” and “Rogue One,” but has since slowed its ambitions on the big screen.
The entertainment giant’s decision to focus more on TV series is mainly due to a drop in cinema revenues, fairly average reviews of the latest feature films and, above all, the launch of their streaming offerings.
The Disney + platform has gained more than 130 million subscribers since its launch in 2019, far more than analysts expected.
The creator of the hit series “The Mandalorian” Jon Favreau thanked Star Wars fans for their role in this achievement. “You helped make Disney + a success when it’s just started,” he said.
Tony Gilroy, screenwriter for “Jason Bourne”, has announced that the new series “Andor” will take place five years before the spin-off “Rogue One” and will consist of two seasons of twelve episodes.
Jon Favreau also indicated that filming for the “Ahsoka” series had just begun with actress Rosario Dawson.
While Disney has three Star Wars features in the pipeline, to be directed by Taika Waititi, Rian Johnson and Patty Jenkins, none were mentioned on Thursday.
Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy told the trade magazine Variety that there would be “plenty of opportunities” to pitch upcoming films later.
Instead, the presentation ended with a performance by John Williams, the famous film score composer, who got an orchestra to play his soundtrack from the series “Obi-Wan Kenobi”.
John Williams, 90, was hailed by Harrison Ford who played the famous Han Solo.
“This music follows me everywhere I go … It even played through the speakers in the room where I had my last colonoscopy,” the actor said with a laugh.
Harrison Ford, 79, says the fifth “Indiana Jones” is nearing completion and will air in June 2023.
Outside the Anaheim Convention Center, thousands of “Star Wars” fans gathered with lightsabers, posing for pictures with their favorite robot or Jedi, and discussing the latest rumors about all of these shows.
The convention is scheduled to continue until Sunday in this city south of Los Angeles.
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