Despite the rather unoriginal-sounding name of Disney’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, Disney+ is gearing up to be a pretty big deal ahead of its late-2019 launch as the soon-to-be Netflix rival will feature several new series revolving around characters within the Star Wars and Marvel universes.
With production already underway on Jon Favreau’s previously announced live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed yesterday that Lucasfilm is developing a second live-action Star Wars series for Disney+ that will begin shooting sometime next year and will follow the adventures of Cassian Andor, the Rebel spy played by Diego Luna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna, who will reprise his role for the upcoming series. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
The untitled series will follow Cassian during the formative years of the Rebellion, prior to the events that unfold in Rogue One, and “will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire,” according to the show’s official logline.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, Iger also announced that Marvel Studios has begun development on a series based on Tom Hiddleston’s deceptious God of Mischief, Loki, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Disney seems to be keeping details about this particular project tightly under wraps as Iger wouldn’t mention anything about the show beyond the fact that it’s in the works.
Believe it or not, a shit-ton of people watched the ‘Game of Thrones’ series finale last night
This may come as a surprise to you, but a lot of fucking people watched the series finale of Game of Thrones last night. In fact, so many fucking people watched the series finale of Game of Thrones last night that the show now holds several of HBO’s viewership records.
According to HBO, a grand total of 19.3 million people watched the series finale of Game of Thrones on HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now last night, exceeding the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers from last week’s episode.
The finale was also the most-watched single telecast on HBO ever, with 13.6 million viewers tuning in for the 9:00 p.m. airing of the episode, breaking the record previously held by The Sopranos season 4 premiere, which had 13.4 million viewers, for the last 16 years.
None of this is particularly surprising considering Game of Thrones is inarguably the most popular show in the world right now, but the fact it was able to break a damn cable TV record in an age where cable TV is practically obsolete is beyond impressive if you ask me.
I say that as someone who never has been, and never will be, a fan of Game of Thrones, and now I just have to pray to god that this is the last piece I ever have to file about this godforsaken television program. I mean, it probably won’t be, but whatever.
The moms of Hawkins have the hots for Dacre Montgomery in this new ‘Stranger Things 3’ clip
Among the dozens of binge-worthy selections coming to your television in the coming months is Netflix‘s eagerly awaited Stranger Things 3, which debuted its first clip today revealing what it’s like to spend a hot summer day by the pool in Hawkins, Indiana in 1985.
In the clip, the kids are nowhere to be found. Their moms, however, are present, and they can’t seem to take their eyes off Dacre Montgomery’s Billy Hargrove as he and his glorious mullet check-in for lifeguard duty.
While it should certainly be interesting to see how the relationship between Mike and Eleven, as well as the one between Max and Lucas, develop over the course of the summer, I’m a little less intrigued to watch a bunch of middle-aged moms drool over a shirtless high school-aged boy, so let’s hope the show doesn’t spend too much time on that.
Either way, this Stranger Things 3 clip makes it seem somewhat evident that Billy will likely be a much more important character than he was in season 2, and I’m looking forward to watching how his character evolves (or doesn’t) in the forthcoming season.
All eight episodes of Stranger Things 3 will hit Netflix on July 4.
Ruby Rose kicks a whole lot of ass in the action-packed first trailer for The CW’s ‘Batwoman’
As someone who has little to no interest in the seemingly dozens of superhero TV shows currently airing on The CW, I was pretty astonished by just how damn intriguing the network’s new Batwoman series starring Ruby Rose seems to look after watching the first look trailer released today.
In this version of Gotham City, Batman has mysteriously disappeared and the local police department is being overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs controlling the city’s streets, wreaking havoc everywhere they go and leaving the residents of Gotham in despair.
Enter Kate Kane (Rose), who returns home after being dishonorably discharged from her military school and decides to take matters into her own hands by continuing the legacy of her missing cousin, who just so happens to be none other than Bruce Wayne himself.
While some of the dialogue could certainly use a little polishing, everything else here in the Batwoman trailer looks fucking great to me, especially the batsuit, which we saw in that first look image back in October and bears a striking resemblance to the one from the actual DC Comics.
The series also stars Dougray Scott, Meagan Tandy, Elizabeth Anweis, Nicole Kang, Rachel Skarsten, and Camrus Johnson, and is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti, which is not surprising since that dude produces literally everything these days.
Batwoman will air Sundays at 8:00 p.m. on The CW beginning this fall.