Another Star Wars series is coming to Disney+. Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland is developing the show as writer and showrunner, and the series is reportedly female-centric and will be separate from the other Star Wars projects on the streaming platform.
Reportedly, Headland’s idea is an action-thriller set in an alternate timeline to the main Star Wars series that will incorporate martial arts elements. The show will join The Mandalorian – which just wrapped season 2 and already has a third season in the works – as well as the upcoming Rogue One prequel series revolving around Diego Luna‘s Cassian Andor.
There’s also a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi series planning to star Ewan McGregor that’s been in development for a while now, but the status of that one remains a lot more uncertain after the show was put on hold and new writers were hired.
Headland co-created Russian Doll, directed a few episodes and served as showrunner alongside Amy Poehler and star Natasha Lyonne. The show revolved around a game developer who gets stuck in a time-loop, repeatedly dying and reliving the same night that also happens to be her birthday. The show was one of Netflix’s most beloved hits of 2019, so Disney hiring Headland to helm a Star Wars series is a smart choice.
The idea of an alternate Star Wars timeline is also an interesting one. Will this be more like Marvel’s upcoming What If…? series, essentially non-canon stories, or is this the beginning of Star Wars shows becoming more like comic books, where writers create various different timelines which exist parallel to each other?
Star Wars fans will be waiting to hear more about this one. Expect Disney+ to continue mining the Star Wars brand for content, as it’s arguably the most powerful brand they have.