Disney’s new streaming service now has an official launch date in the US — November 12, 2019. The studio will be taking on streaming giant Netflix with its new platform, which has been named Disney+. The service is expected to include the complete Star Wars library as well as The Simpsons.
Disney, which owns Pixar and Marvel, has a ready-made catalog of titles that will undoubtedly draw millions. The platform is expected to be available on Nintendo Switch, which also carries Hulu. There are also talks of featuring the service on Apple TV, despite the fact that Apple is also set to premiere its new streaming service, Apple TV Plus.
Now that Disney has completed its acquisition of Fox, other franchises, like X-Men or Avatar, may also be available on the service. The studio currently rakes in an estimated $300 million from its collaboration with Netflix and other services. The new platform would allow Disney to reap untold benefits and enable the studio to develop its own content.
For now, Disney+ is planning on having four or five exclusive TV shows and four or five original movies ready for the launch, including a new live-action Star Wars TV series from Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book. Favreau will both write and executive produce the show, titled The Mandalorian, which will feature the warriors who live on the planet Mandalore. The most well-known Mandalorian is Boba Fett.
Rogue One's Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, will also get a prequel TV series exploring his life before the events of the 2016 film. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Disney also announced that a concluding season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars is also in development.
Marvel will also get an original series, reportedly about fan favorite Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in the Thor and Avenger films. Other shows are expected to involve Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). In addition, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that 2019's Captain Marvel would be the first Disney movie exclusive to the service.
"I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is. That is in part reflective of the fact that it will have substantially less volume," Iger said. "It'll have a lot of high quality [content], because of the brands and the franchises that will be on it that we've talked about. But it'll simply launch with less volume, and the price will reflect that."