Disney has unveiled plans for ten new Star Wars spin-offs and another ten Marvel shows in a massive expansion of its streaming content to attract millions of new viewers to its Disney + subscription service.
The spate of new announcements – with a total of 100 new titles – also includes 15 live-action series and 15 new Pixar shows as Disney intensifies its efforts to outperform Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon Prime in the streaming world.
The latest Star Wars offerings include two more series based on The Mandalorian, a hit series starring the character popularly known as Baby Yoda, and a return for controversial prequel star Hayden Christensen in a series about Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Kardashian-Jenner family have also signed a deal with Disney's Hulu, while movies like Pinocchio and Disenchanted will premiere on the streaming service.
Disney also has a number of theater plans, including a Buzz Lightyear prequel, a sequel to Black Panther that doesn't re-cast the character of the late Chadwick Boseman, and a new Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford, 78 Role will play again.
Fan Favorite: The character popularly known as Baby Yoda in a scene from The Mandalorian that receives two new spin-off shows in Disney's barrage of streaming announcements
Comeback: Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker-Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith 2005 – a role he will repeat in a new spin-off from Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Production of the Kenobi series will begin in March and will feature Christensen's return as Darth Vader in what Disney calls the "rematch of the century".
Actor and singer Donald Glover will repeat his role as dashing smuggler Lando Calrissian, a favorite of the original Star Wars films, for Lando TV series.
Animated Star Wars offerings coming to Disney + in the next few years include A Droid Story 'featuring the popular C-3PO and R2D2, as well as The Bad Batch on experimental clones.
A Star Wars mystery thriller called The Acolyte, directed by Leslye Headland, co-creator of the Russian doll, is also part of Disney's new package.
The two Mandalorian spin-offs are called Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.
Also in the Star Wars universe, an already announced spin-off of the 2016 film Rogue One with the title Andor has just started production in London.
Stellan Skarsgard and Fiona Shaw join the cast of the suspenseful, suspenseful spy thriller created by screenwriter Tony Gilroy of Bourne Identity.
Alongside Solo, Rogue One was one of two spin-offs that emerged alongside the Star Wars sequel trilogy – The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker – that Disney produced after purchasing the franchise.
First Look: Marvel Entertainment released the exclusive first look at the upcoming Disney + series The Falcon And The Winter Soldier starring Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie
A sequel to Black Panther continues – but the role of Chadwick Boseman (pictured), who passed away in August 2020, will not be recast
Star Wars will also return to theaters with a 2023 film called Rogue Squadron, which will set in a "Future Era of the Galaxy," based on the main series' nine films.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins will lead the Rogue Squadron, making her the first director of a Star Wars movie.
The film will introduce "a new generation of Starfighter pilots who earn their wings and risk their lives in a high-speed, cross-border thrill ride," said Lucasfilm.
Rogue Squadron is one of several films that continues to have theater plans despite Disney's newest streaming drive.
These include a sequel to Black Panther, in which the role of the late Chadwick Boseman will not be re-cast, and a prequel of Buzz Lightyear due out in 2022 with Chris Evans as the voice of the popular Toy Story character.
Boseman died in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer, after never publicly discussing his condition, and cast doubt on the sequel to one of the most iconic films in the record-breaking Marvel film.
However, a planned sequel to the 2018 smash hit will continue to "include all of the rich and varied characters featured in the first film."
Among other announcements of Marvel movies, Christian Bale joins Thor: Love and Thunder as the villain of the sequel. Filming is scheduled to start next month.
As part of the spate of announcements, Marvel released the exclusive first look at the upcoming Disney + series The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, starring Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie.
Samuel L Jackson repeats his role in the Disney + Secret Invasion franchise, dubbed "arguably the biggest crossover comic book event in 20 years."
Other upcoming films that have been added to the streaming service include Pinocchio with Tom Hanks and a sequel to Enchanted with Amy Adams.
The Kardashian-Jenner family signed a contract with Hulu, based at Disney, that they got after they left E!
Renewed: The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale with Elisabeth Moss (pictured) is back for a fifth season
Disney-owned Hulu will also be home to more original films and will be the new home of the Kardashians recently released by E! Have left.
The streaming service renewed The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale for a fifth season.
Regardless of where Disney content premieres, it will land on Disney +, according to Kareem Daniel, director of media and entertainment.
Hollywood had been eagerly awaiting Disney's response after WarnerMedia announced last week that it would release all 17 of its 2021 films simultaneously on its streaming platform HBO Max and in theaters.
WarnerMedia's parent company AT&T shares have increased roughly six percent since the announcement.
AT&T chief John Stankey said Tuesday that the pandemic unleashed a new media reality that is unlikely to fade after COVID-19. "The horse has left the barn," he said.
Disney boss Bob Chapek set out the company's own oversized ambitions in a virtual presentation for investors on Thursday.
Chapek said Disney + subscribers reached nearly 87 million worldwide, up from 74 million last month, but it is targeting up to 260 million subscribers by 2024.
With Hulu and the ESPN + sports streaming services, Disney currently has around 137 million subscribers. Netflix has nearly 200 million.
Disney will increase the monthly price of the streaming service by a dollar to $ 8 per month in March.
"We knew this unique service, with content only Disney can create, would appeal to consumers and stand out," said Chapek.
Disney's films accounted for more than $ 13 billion in ticket sales worldwide last year and 38 percent of the movie theater admissions in the US and Canada. Seven Disney films have exceeded $ 1 billion worldwide.
"Of the 100 new titles announced today, 80 percent will go to Disney +," said Chapek. “But we had $ 13 billion in box office last year and that's obviously no reason to sneeze. For us it's about balance. & # 39;
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