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Disney Confirms Ewan McGregor Back as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Streaming Series

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Disney Confirms Ewan McGregor Back as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Streaming Series
Disney is expanding its “Star Wars” presence on Disney+ with the addition of Ewan McGregor returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series.

At the end of its Disney+ showcase Friday during D23 Expo, McGregor was brought out on stage and asked LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy to ask him if he’s playing the Jedi Master again. She asked him, and he finally answered, “Yes.”

The series will star shooting next year.

More to come…

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Ms. Marvel Confirmed For Disney+ Series & Will Join The McU Says Kevin Feige [D23]

Ms. Marvel Confirmed For Disney+ Series & Will Join The McU Says Kevin Feige [D23]
If Marvel was hurting for a minute publicly following the news they had lost “Spider-Man” to a financial turf war with Sony, they’re feeling really damn confident tonight in Anaheim at the D23 Expo. The “Ms. Marvel” show, announced a few hours ago in the trades was confirmed by Marvel onstage tonight. What’s more is Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that Ms. Marvel will eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen.

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Wyatt Russell Joins Marvel’s ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Series as John Walker

Wyatt Russell Joins Marvel’s ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Series as John Walker
Rising star Wyatt Russell has signed on to join Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in Marvel's Falcon and the Winter Soldier series, it was announced today at Disney's D23 Expo. Emily VanCamp is set to return as Sharon Carter, aka Agent 13, while Captain America: Civil War star Daniel Brühl will reprise his villainous role as Baron Zemo. Sources say that Russell will be playing John Walker, who's otherwise known as U.S. Agent, who in the comics was apparently part of the group known as the West Coast Avengers.
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Hilary Duff to Reprise 'Lizzie McGuire' Role for New Disney+ Series

Hilary Duff to Reprise 'Lizzie McGuire' Role for New Disney+ Series
Disney continues to mine its library for its forthcoming streaming service.

The company on Friday announced that Hilary Duff will reprise her role in a new update of her beloved Lizzie McGuire for the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service. Original series creator Terri Minsky is attached to serve as showrunner on the live-action scripted comedy.

The new Lizzie McGuire will revolve around Lizzie as a 30-year-old millennial navigating life in New York City. Duff made the announcement during a surprise appearance Friday at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Ming-Na Wen Has Joined the Cast of The Mandalorian

Ming-Na Wen Has Joined the Cast of The Mandalorian
Ming-Na Wen, the actress known for her voice in Disney’s animated Mulan, as well as her role of Melinda May in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has now revealed that she will co-star in the Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Deadline reports that while being honored today at D23 during the annual Disney Legends honors, Wen gave a speech in which she referenced the upcoming role. Here’s what she had to say:

“Please just keep acquiring all these different franchises,” she said during her speech, turning to Iger, “because I just keep getting employed by them. I have hit every bucket list thanks to Disney.”

The upcoming series also stars Pedro Pascal (Narcos) as “a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” It also includes Gina Carano (Deadpool) as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers (Predator) as Greef Carga, Omid Abtahi (American Gods) as Dr. Pershing,
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Michael Shannon to Play Jerry Buss in HBO’s ‘Untitled Showtime Lakers Project’ Pilot

Michael Shannon to Play Jerry Buss in HBO’s ‘Untitled Showtime Lakers Project’ Pilot
Michael Shannon has been cast to play self-made millionaire and former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in HBO’s “The Untitled Showtime Lakers Project” pilot based on the Jeff Pearlman book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.”

The series, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s-era Lakers, is an hour-long drama executive produced by Adam McKay, who will direct the pilot. Kevin Messick will executive produce. Max Borenstein will write and executive produce. Jim Hecht is a co-writer and exec producer on the project. Jason Shuman and Scott Stephens are listed as executive producers,
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‘Serendipity’ TV Series Inspired By Movie In Works At NBC

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‘Serendipity’ TV Series Inspired By Movie In Works At NBC
NBC has put in development Serendipity, a an hourlong romantic comedy inspired by the 2001 Miramax movie starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It hails from Miramax Television.

Written and executive produced by Jonny Umansky, in Serendipity, Harry and Claire fall in love one fateful night, are separated by circumstance and then spend years trying to find one another again … with a little help from the universe. Miramax Television is the studio.

“I’ve been madly in love with this movie for more than half my life,” says Umansky. “Never has the world needed a show like Serendipity more, and the love stories we have in store are big, bold and filled to the brim with whimsy and wonder.”

The 2001 romantic comedy film, directed by Peter Chelsom, revolved around Jonathan (Cusack) and Sara (Beckinsale) who share a dessert at New York restaurant Serendipity 3 after a chance encounter at a department store.
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‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and Talking Dogs: 5 Things We Learned at D23 Day One

An action-packed first day of Disney’s D23 Expo was headlined by an endlessly starry Disney Plus presentation to unveil the new streaming platform.

With no fewer than six new series announced in the space of two hours, it’s clear that Disney isn’t messing around when it comes to competing in the streaming wars, so neither shall we. With out further ado here are five takeaways from day one at the Anaheim Convention Center:

Disney Plus Content Bonanza

Disney execs began the highly anticipate Disney Plus panel by listing all of the old, classic Mouse House properties which
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Frankie Rodriguez Thanks ‘High School Musical: The Series’ Showrunner for Adding Diversity to Show

Frankie Rodriguez Thanks ‘High School Musical: The Series’ Showrunner for Adding Diversity to Show
Frankie Rodriguez, who plays Carlos, an openly gay theater student, on upcoming Disney Plus series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” thanked executive producer and showrunner Tim Federle while discussing the theme of diversity and inclusion in the spin-off at the D23 Expo on Friday.

“I think it’s very important. Growing up as a little Mexican gay kid, there’s not really much to look to so I remember after we wrapped just thanking our showrunner Tim [Federle] for creating a character like Carlos,” the actor told Variety. “He’s not a gimmick. He’s not the butt of a joke.
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Marvel's Moon Knight Series for Disney Plus: Everything to Know

Just when you thought Marvel couldn't possibly add anything else to Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it goes and unveils not one but three brand new series coming exclusively to Disney+ in the coming years. The first two, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk, carry a lot of buzz thanks to the ...

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Final Season Sneak Peek Features Face Stealing, 1930s Murder and a Hydra Tease

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s season-ending escape to New York City circa 1931 will be short-lived, seeing as a band of Chronicom hunters is seen storming an old-timey cop shop in the first sneak peek from the ABC series’ seventh and final season.

Unveiled at the D23 Expo on Friday, the promo starts off with the aforementioned breach of a police station, where hunters gun down two cops and then set out to steal the face of a third. We then cut to a series of quick clips, of “Coulson 2.0” and Daisy warming up to him
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Marvel Disney Plus Shows: Premiere Dates, Teasers, and Everything to Know

Although the Infinity Saga came to a close earlier this year with the one-two punch of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (the official final film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), we obviously haven't seen the last of several of our favorite characters. Many Avengers will

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Spider-Man Disney Junior Series ‘Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends’ Set for 2021 (Exclusive)

Spider-Man’s McU future may be in doubt, but the Wall Crawler’s sticking around in Disney Junior’s new animated series “Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends,” set to debut in 2021.

The series, from Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment, will be Marvel’s first feature-length series on Disney Junior. It will follow Peter Parker and his friends Miles Morales, Gwen (Ghost-Spider), Hulk, Black Panther and Ms. Marvel, as they work together to defeat evil forces. It will be geared towards preschoolers and their families.

“Preschool kids already love Spidey, so they’ll be delighted to have Peter Parker
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The New Season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Has a Premiere Date on Disney Plus

The news that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would return on Disney+, Disney's new streaming service launching in November, was met with great enthusiasm when it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con last year. And now, we have even more great news: a premiere date!

LucasFilm's Kathleen Kennedy announced

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‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Series Will Begin Shooting in 2020

So now the Obi-Wan series is really, really real, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. — and that, pretty much, was all she had to say about that.

“After secrets and fibs and not being able to talk about it, I am thrilled to welcome out a beloved member of the Star Wars family,” she said of the long-rumored series.

Star Ewan McGregor walked out on stage to deafening cheers from the crowd. “It’s so nice,” he said. “It’s been four years of [dodging questions].”

Beyond that, details were scarce. Said Kennedy, “All scripts written. We start shooting next year.”

McGregor will reprise his role as as sage Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, which began with “The Phantom Menace” back in 1999. The role of world-weary, wise Obi-Wan was originally played by Sir Alec Guinness in 1977’s “A New Hope,” in which Obi-Wan sacrificed himself to his former student,
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All the McU Details From D23: Loki, ‘WandaVision,’ ‘She Hulk,’ ‘Ms. Marvel,’ and More

The Infinity Saga may be over, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe will barrel forward with the November launch of Disney+. At D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed that the upcoming slate of series scheduled to premiere on the Disney streaming platform will be integrated into the films just as the current McU movies are and always have been.

“These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way,” Feige said. “It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore.”

Although Marvel fans already knew a handful of titles to expect, ranging from “WandaVision” and the Untitled Loki Series, Feige also announced three new titles. Details, below.

Untitled Loki Series

McU regular Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki for the Disney+ series. Daniel Brühl will return as Zemo, joined by Emily VanCamp, who played Sharon Carter in the “Captain America” films.
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Ewan McGregor Set for Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series, to Shoot in 2020

Ewan McGregor Set for Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series, to Shoot in 2020
Doubt, you shall no longer have.

Star Wars filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy and franchise vet Ewan McGregor took the stage at the close of the D23 Expo on Friday evening to announce/confirm that the Scottish actor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a live-action series for Disney+. In fact, Kennedy touted that all of the scripts are already written, with production scheduled to start in 2020.

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‘The Muppets’ Short-Form Series Coming to Disney Plus

Kermit, Miss Piggy and co. are coming to Disney Plus.

A short-form unscripted series starring the goofy puppets is set to premiere on the forthcoming Disney streaming service in 2020. The news was announced at the Disney Plus D23 Expo event.

The announcement came with a brief teaser of Kermit and Joe the Legal Weasel arguing over how many details about the series they were allowed to divulge.

“You are not authorized to offer a peak, sneak or otherwise,” said the stubborn weasel in the brief clip. “I know how you frogs are, you’re always looking to leap into the next big thing.
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‘The Mandalorian’ Trailer: Disney+ Star Wars Series Gets Bountiful First Look

“Star Wars” is coming to Disney+ and it’s bringing a bit of the Dark Side with it. At this weekend’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, the team behind the new series “The Mandalorian” answered a few lingering questions, unveiling the first public look at the show set to make its streaming debut this fall.

This first peek not only gives a clue about the greater world of the series, but highlights the impressive cast. Pedro Pascal stars as the title character, a gun-toting, rule-breaking bounty hunter in the mold of past “Star Wars” rapscallions like Boba Fett and Sabine Wren.

“We were able to put together a production that stands up side by side with all the features,” said Jon Favreau at Friday’s presentation.

Set in the time after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” the show also features a bevy of other new characters, from former
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‘Succession’ Composer Nicholas Britell on Making Music for the One Percent

The Roys, the media empire family at the heart of HBO’s “Succession,” are ridiculously rich. They’re manipulative and cruel. They’re also a bit delusional and absurd.

When Nicholas Britell conceived the show’s score, he wanted to capture all of that.

“I wrote in this almost late-1700s, dark classical zone,” says Britell, the Oscar-nominated composer of “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” “I was kind of imagining: what is the music that the Roy family would imagine for themselves? What’s the music that they think they sound like?”

But this “dark courtly” elegance is
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