The most exciting Disney+ Originals in development right now
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Disney+ offers an impressive lineup of its own originals at launch, including Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Toy Story spin-off series Forky Asks A Question, and live- action documentary show, The World According To Jeff Goldblum.
But, just like streaming service rivals Netflix and Prime Video, new originals will continue to be added to its roster into the future.
Here are some of the most exciting Disney+ Originals in development right now.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most lovable baddie is getting his own Disney+ series – albeit technically an alternate version of the character to the one we know. Another version of the puny god we know from Avengers: Endgame - this one will have survived that movie’s complicated time travel plot, vital Tesseract in hand. Naturally, Tom Hiddleston will return to play the Thor villain.
Speaking at San Diego Comic Con, the actor said, "By the time it's out, I'll be 40. When I was cast I was 29, which is a great chunk of my life… but the point is, there's a sense of 'I know this character now, I feel the audience knows him'.” Filming has already started, with the series originally set for release in Spring 2021, though filming on all Disney+ shows has had to be halted due to Coronavirus, so this may be pushed back.
Rogue One prequel series with Cassian Andor
So, we’re all in agreement that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the best recent Star Wars film, right? Good. Because in excellent news, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a sci-fi spy thriller series based around Diego Luna’s character, Rebel intelligence officer, Cassian Andor. K2-SO, voiced by Alan Tudyk, is also set to return for the series, which will explore their pre-Rogue One stories. Frankly, any return of the galaxy’s sassiest droid is welcomed by us. And obviously, it’ll be a prequel.
Centring on Avengers heroes Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), plot details of the upcoming Disney+ MCU series are being kept tightly under wraps – but one watch of the teaser trailer footage recently released, and it’s clear this is going to be an exciting, fresh take on superhero TV.
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It will take place after the events of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, and will see couple Wanda and Vision living their dream suburban life together… until they realise not all is what it seems. The six-episode series is slated to hit Disney+ as an exclusive in December 2020.
Obi-Wan Kenobi series
At 2019’s D23 Disney fan expo, it was announced that an as-yet-untitled Obi Wan Kenobi spinoff series would be coming to Disney+, with Ewan McGregor returning as the Jedi Master. The story will be set eight years after 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith, which places it roughly around the same time in the Star Wars timeline as Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Speaking to Men’s Journal about the plot, McGregor said, “It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him… Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that, the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of [Revenge of the Sith]. It’s quite something to get over.” The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow will helm the series, which was originally due to be released this year, but has since been delayed to 2021.
We can’t wait for Kamala Khan to make her live-action debut. One person we’re in good company with? Barack Obama, who is also a fan. The beloved comicbook character, a Pakistani-American teen girl, living with her family in New Jersey, and the first ever muslim Marvel superhero to have a solo series, is confirmed to be being adapted for a live-action Disney+ show, set in the MCU.
Willow: The Sequel Series
Yes, that Willow – as in Warwick Davis’s iconic role in the eponymous 1988 fantasy movie, Willow. There had previously been talk of a Willow movie sequel, but in 2019, Ron Howard, who directed the original, revealed that the idea would be adapted for a TV series, exclusive to Disney+, with Star Wars’ Davis returning in the title role.
Aladdin spin-off series
Following 2019’s all-singing, all-dancing live-action remake, Disney have announced an Aladdin spinoff series exclusive to Disney+. Instead of Aladdin, Jasmine and Will Smith’s Genie though, the series will focus on Prince Anders, the overdressed but rather dim potential suitor of Princess Jasmine, a character newly created for 2019’s remake. Billy Magnussen will reprise his role from the film - who apparently, came to the producers with an idea for the story and has been involved behind the scenes since the beginning.
Hocus Pocus 2
Some dedicated fan may have gotten hold of Winifred’s Spellbook and made this happen, because the 1990s family cult classic is getting a sequel - and it’s going to be a Disney+ original movie. Though they aren’t yet officially attached, stars of the first film, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are hoped to return in some capacity as the Sanderson sisters, 17th century witches who are brought back from the dead. It’s been reported that the new film will be a sequel, too, rather than a reboot.
The Biggest Star in Appleton
One thing we haven’t seen a whole lot of on the Disney+ listings so far is comedy, with a heavier focus on family animations, fantasy, Star Wars and Marvel properties. Enter: The Biggest Star In Appleton, a half-hour, single camera comedy which will star Tony award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth.
Chenoweth plays a devoted Wisconsin mum, “who gets her deepest satisfaction from small-town stardom at her community theatre,” according to the show’s official synopsis, “Her status is threatened when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with dreams of her own.” No date has been confirmed yet for when it will hit the streaming service.
True Lies: The Series
There have been discussions for years about a TV series based on the classic James Cameron 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger spy comedy. While an earlier version of the TV show never materialised, the idea has found a new home on Disney+. At the helm is Charlie’s Angels director McG, who revealed the project in an interview with Collider, saying, “Well right now my new thing for television is I’m doing True Lies at Disney+. Which is exciting. I’m writing that one, which is very exciting, because I’m so passionate about that story where you think you know your partner but you don’t.” Don’t expect Arnie to star, but McG did add that we could expect him to return in a smaller role, saying, “There’s talk of that. It’s largely rebooted but there may be a spot there, we’ll see.”
Life and Deaf
This half hour live-action family comedy revolves around a kid growing up in the 1970s with deaf parents… and the mischief that ensues as he, as their interpreter, is given the “keys to the kingdom” as their mouthpiece. It will star and be executive produced by Marlee Matlin, the only deaf performer to have won an Academy Award, and is based on the life of Jack Jackson, her longtime real-life interpreter. Sounds great so far.
Disney+ is set to debut in the UK on 24 March.