More mischief - and cuteness - in the works

People | 6 Feb 2020

Disney is ramping up its Baby Yoda content with the next series of The Mandalorian set for October and potential spinoffs in the works, chief Bob Iger says.

The Star Wars television show launched last year was a hit for new streaming platform Disney+, with its tiny, cute co-star taking "the world by storm," said Iger.

Setting an October launch for season two on an earnings call, Iger promised: "More coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters."

This could include "taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series," he said.

"The priority in the next few years is television for Star Wars."

The Mandalorian follows a bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) who roams the galaxy's lawless outer reaches.

During the first season, he formed an unlikely bond with a small, adorable creature officially called "The Child," dubbed Baby Yoda by online fans. The mischievous tyke launched thousands of memes, knocking Democratic presidential candidates off the top of news searches.

"Of course I would be remiss if I didn't mention a certain child in The Mandalorian who has taken the world by storm," Iger said.

"We know there is great anticipation for the substantial array of Baby Yoda consumer products hitting the market in the coming months."

Iger also flagged previously announced Star Wars television shows, including the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a prequel to the movie spin-off Rogue One. Disney's Marvel films have a successful history of creating interlinking movies - and now television shows - which "share" popular superhero characters.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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