While Rogue One was subjected to intense scrutiny over the reshoots that took place under the stewardship of Tony Gilroy, the film was a smash hit at the box office, earning more than $1 billion worldwide.
Disney CEO Bob Iger teased some of the exclusive content coming to Disney+ during the company's fourth quarter earnings call, including a live-action prequel series based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Given that film's high mortality rate, a sequel would have been a hard proposition.
"Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me", Luna said in a statement. "I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey". This could be a reaction to Solo: A Star Wars Story's lackluster performance at the box office, but it's more than likely a play to ensure that Disney+ can attract as many subscribers as possible. As Variety first reported, Disney is developing a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU in fanboy and fangirl parlance. Both series will see the film actors return to reprise their roles.
It will follow the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor (Luna) during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One. A release date for the series has not yet been announced, but production will begin in 2019.
The Disney+ branding is in line with Disney's other streaming service, sports-focused ESPN+, which launched earlier this year. The company believes that customers are moving more deeply into the world of subscription streaming and it needs to be there to vacuum up their dollars. Millions of voices just cried out in excitement because Disney has announced its second live-action Star Wars TV series.