A New Star Wars Show is Coming To Disney+ From Netflix Showrunner

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Star Wars is coming to the small screen in brand new ways thanks to Disney+ with its slate of series set in that galaxy far, far away, and now another series is reportedly happening, with a Netflix showrunner bringing it to the streamer. That said, it likely won't be a Mandalorian spinoff or concurrent with any other Star Wars show.

A female-centric series set in the Star Wars universe is in the works at Disney+, according to Variety, with Netflix's Russian Doll co-creator and showrunner Leslye Headland behind the project. The series will reportedly be set elsewhere in the Star Wars timeline than existing projects, with Headland writing and running the show.

No details are currently available about what the plot of the new series would entail, or even if it would be live-action or animated, although Leslye Headland's past work on projects like Russian Doll and Heathers proves that she has more experience with live-action.

Disney+ has also been incredibly successful with The Mandalorian, with two more live-action shows in the works, while finishing The Clone Wars seems to be the only animated priority. With the Obi-Wan and Rogue One prequel series already in the works, there's not necessarily a rush to get something finished ASAP, even with the current production halts across the board in the entertainment industry.

A major question at this point is what kind of character this prospective series would focus on. The reveal that it would be set in a different part of the Star Wars timeline might rule out some of the biggest female characters in the franchise at the center, live-action or animated.

The galaxy far, far away is a big place with the potential for a lot of history and long future. If the project isn't tied to an existing character and therefore not limited to what has already happened to them in their already-established timeline, then viewers could be in for mega surprises, like with The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda.

It would also give Star Wars a second original show centering on a newcomer, which would mean two series starring previous characters in Obi-Wan and Cassian Andor and two starting fresh with The Mandalorian's Din Djarin and whoever would be the center of this new series. Still, it's possible that an existing character could star.

After all, there are plenty of female characters other than the big names like Padme, Leia, and Rey who could center a new series. The Star Wars TV shows -- ranging from Clone Wars to Rebels to The Mandalorian -- have added a whole lot of characters to the universe who could still be explored.

For now, Star Wars fans can only wait for more details about this new project. Fans of Netflix's Russian Doll know that Leslye Headland knows how to handle a unique premise, and a female-centric series would be something new to Star Wars TV.

The final arc of The Clone Wars can provide a Star Wars fix, as the Siege of Mandalore four-parter is something every Star Wars fan should check out. The Mandalorian also managed to finish filming Season 2 before production shutdowns, so it may make its scheduled fall premiere date.

For some upcoming viewing options set elsewhere than the galaxy far, far away, be sure to check out our 2020 spring premiere schedule and our 2020 summer premiere guide.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).