MANILA, Philippines – Disney’s biennial fan convention, the D23 Expo, kicked off on August 23 (August 24, Philippine time) at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and even if the event just started, there’s already been groundbreaking announcements to make all Disney kids everywhere
This year’s announcements were anchored on Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming platform, poised as a rival to Netflix. The platform will launch on November 12 in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, with a global rollout to follow within the next two years.
Much of Disney’s upcoming content will be launched on the platform, including 3 live-action Star Wars series, a Lady and the Tramp reboot, a High School Musical mockumentary, and more.
Here’s everything we can look forward to from Disney in the future:
The new series starring Pedro Pascal is set to launch along with Disney+ on November 12. Set after Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Empire, it introduces the mysterious bounty hunter navigating the lawless outer reaches of the galaxy.
Rogue One prequel series
The as yet untitled prequel to the standalone Star Wars film Rogue One will see Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel Alliance officer Cassian Andor, with Alan Tudyk also returning to voice the droid K-2SO. No release date has been announced, but the show will reportedly start production in 2020.
Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Scottish actor appeared at D23 to wild cheers, confirming his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming series which has already been written, and will begin production in 2020. Ewan first played the jedi master in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Lady and the Tramp reboot
A live-action version of Lady and the Tramp will premiere on Disney+ on November 12, retelling the 1955 animated film about a prim little house dog falling in love with a scruffy stray. It will premiere on Disney+ on November 12.
Lizzie McGuire returns
Lizzie McGuire, the token teenage girl of the early 2000s, is returning as an adult in a new series that will feature star Hilary Duff reprising the role that catapulted her to fame. In the new series, an all-grown-up Lizzie is getting ready to enter her 30s and living her best life as an interior decorator in New York City. No release date has been set yet, but the show will be available on Disney+
A High School Musical mockumentary
Another revival of an 2000s-era cultural icon, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a fresh take on the beloved film trilogy. The show will be a mockumentary that follows the students of East High as they compete for roles in the school’s production of High School Musical. It is set to premiere on Disney+ on November 12.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
The new National Geographic series follows the legend that is Jeff Goldblum as he learns about things that make him curious, which include everything from sneakers, to ice cream to tattoos. "I know nothing, that's the premise," Jeff Goldblum says in the trailer. The show is set to stream on Disney+ on November 12.
Three new Marvel series
After all the big Marvel announcements at the San Diego Comic-Con last July, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Fiege revealed 3 more Marvel shows in the works: Ms Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight – all to be launched on Disney+ at as-yet undisclosed dates.
The D23 Expo will run until August 25. – Rappler.com