A heavyweight rookie to carry a series about children lost in the Star Wars universe

A heavyweight rookie to carry a series about children lost in the Star Wars universe

English actor Jude Law will star in Skeleton Crew, series directed by Jon Watts, the director of the last Spiderman.

Bounty hunters from the distant galaxy add a nice catch to their roster. Disney announced a new Star Wars television series starring actor Jude Law at a convention in California. Something to console fans who otherwise have no new feature film to put in their mouths, the entertainment giant focusing on streaming. Harrison Ford and Ewan McGregor appeared on stage in front of a crowd of enthusiasts in Anaheim, near Los Angeles, for the convention which is held regularly and is usually synonymous with the release of a new film.

The TV series therefore dominated the introductory presentation on Thursday evening, where fans discovered excerpts from the upcoming series. Andor and the third season of The Mandalorian. Above all, Disney confirmed the creation of the series Skeleton Crewin which the British star Jude Law will play and which will be directed by Jon Watts, the director of the last Spiderman. “It’s the story of a group of kids about ten years old from a very small planet, and they accidentally get lost in the Star Wars galaxy”, said Jon Watts. A thought-provoking synopsis.

The presentation had started in the presence of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who each reprized their roles from the second trilogy of films, for the series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Two episodes were to be previewed to fans on Thursday, a day before they are available to everyone on the Disney+ streaming platform.

No date for the next movies

Disney bought Lucasfilm and its franchise for $4 billion in 2012 and immediately started production on a new trilogy and spin-off films. Solo and RogueOne, but has since curbed its ambitions for the big screen, certainly detecting the beginning of weariness on the part of fans in front of productions that are not always well put together.

For its part, the Disney + platform has gained more than 130 million subscribers since its launch in 2019, much more than analysts expected. Tony Gilroy, screenwriter Jason Bourne, announced that the new series Andor would be set five years before the spin-off RogueOne and will consist of two seasons of twelve episodes.

The entertainment giant’s decision to focus more on television series is due in particular to a decrease in income from cinemas, rather average reviews for the latest feature films and, above all, the launch of its streaming offer.

While Disney has three Star Wars features in the pipeline, to be directed by Taika Waititi, Rian Johnson and Patty Jenkins, none were mentioned on Thursday. Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told trade magazine Variety there would be “full of opportunities” to present the next films later.

In front of the Anaheim Convention Center, thousands of fans of Star Wars massaged each other with lightsabers, posed for pictures with their favorite robot or Jedi, and discussed the latest rumors on all those shows.

The convention is scheduled to continue through Sunday in this city south of Los Angeles.


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