Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Disney+ Announces Launch Date, Arrival of The Mandalorian

By | April 12, 2019

Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Quick hits keeping you updated on sci fi and fantasy television news.

All Things Disney+: We have known for a while that the Disney+ streaming service is on the way and now we know its debut plus target dates for the arrival of its original content. The service will bow on November 12th of this year and will cost $6.99 a month or $69.99 per year (a price that will definitely give Netflix a run for its money). John Favreau’s Star War series The Mandalorian will be available when the service debuts and the Rogue One prequel series will arrive at some point in 2020 (Alan Tudyk is onboard for that one). Also, the MCU based series that will focus on Loki, Scarlet Witch / Vision, and Falcon / Winter Soldier will start rolling out at the end of this year or early 2020. The first entry of the What If? animated series has been announced and will find Peggy Carter taking up Captain America’s shield while Steve Rogers becomes Iron Man (Haley Atwell and Chris Evans are expected to voice the characters). A recently announced Hawkeye series will be hitting the service as well, likely at some point in 2020. The service will also offer an extensive back-catalog of Disney-owned TV series and movies, and they should start revealing the full line-up in coming months.

Game of Thrones Prequel: George R.R. Martin revealed a few details about the first of several Game of Thrones prequel series he is working on for HBO. Here are his comments about the pilot:

It’s different. It’s definitely very different. It’s set thousands of years in the past. You’re looking at a whole different era of Westeros.

The network is currently targeting a 2020 debut for that series and has several more Game of Thrones projects in the works.

Casting News: And speaking of Game of Thrones, that show’s Iain Glen, who played Jorah Mormont, has his next gig lined up. He will be joining DC Universe’s Titans to take on the iconic role of Bruce Wayne in that show’s second season. He will be playing an older version of the infamous billionaire with the following character description provided:

After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.

Season 2 of that show will debut the streaming service later this year.

Sci Fi TV in Comics: The new comic book series based on Joss Whedon’s Angel arrives in stores April 17th. The character will be introduced in the fourth issue of the current Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic and issue #0 of Angel will be available the same day. The series is written by Bryan Edward Hill with art by Gleb Melnikov.

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