Star Wars has had a major presence on Disney+, with the first season of the hit series The Mandalorian out in the world and a second season on the way, while a third is in early development. A series starring Cassian Andor is set to debut some time in 2021, although production was recently delayed due to the coronavirus. Additionally, an Obi-Wan Kenobi was announced in August at D-23, set to drop in 2022 with production scheduled to begin in January. Disney chairman Bob Iger has hinted many times that other Star Wars shows were being developed, and now we're getting our first light details on what one of those series may be...
An exclusive report from Variety shares that a female-centric Star Wars show is in development for Disney+. The series is being written and showrun by Leslye Headland, co-creator of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll, and is said to be set in a different part of the timeline than the other current Star Wars projects.
UPDATE: Deadline has added to this report, stating that the series is expected to be an action-thriller with martial arts elements.
WHAT THIS MEANS
There have been hints for a while now that multiple unannounced Star Wars series were in development for Disney+, and it appears we finally know what one of those shows is shaping up to be. Details on the show are scarce at the moment, as things are still developing on the executive side of things. The show is said to be female-centric, but the timeline in which the story takes place makes it difficult to guess who the star of the show may be. There's been a rumored series starring Doctor Aphra, the rogue archeologist from multiple comic book series, in development, but nothing concrete has been said to confirm or deny the show's existence. It's been widely reported that Rosario Dawson has been cast as Ahsoka Tano to appear in the second of The Mandalorian and is rumored to have her own spin-off show in development. We reported exclusively that Dawson had signed a multi-show contract, but given Variety's report that Headland's show takes place in a different part of the timeline, it makes the prospects of it being either an Ahsoka or Aphra series unlikely. Regardless, Headland is known for writing layered female characters, and if her succesful work on Russian Doll is anything to go by, this show has every chance to be something special.