It’s been rumoured for a while, but now we’ve got concrete confirmation: Tom Hiddleston, cheekbones and all, is getting a standalone spinoff series centring on his extremely good portrayal of Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hell. Yes.
Disney confirmed Hiddleston is on-board for the as-yet-untitled series earlier today, in a statement that also unveiled the name for the House of Mouse’s much-vaunted upcoming streaming service: Disney+.
While no other details on the Loki series are available at this time, Marvel Studios is working on the series, and with Hiddleston signing on it looms as one of the flagship original titles for the fledgling service, which is due to launch in 2019.
Elsewhere, Disney bosses confirmed a second live-action Star Wars spinoff series is also in development for Disney+, based on Diego Luna‘s character from Rogue One. The series is set to focus on Rebel spy Cassian Andor, who Luna originally portrayed in the 2016 film, and will be set in the “formative years of the rebellion,” prior to the events that unfolded in Rogue One (for obvious reasons).
This is combined with the already in-production Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which is being spearheaded by Jon Favreau and features a who’s who lineup of directors, including Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rick Famuyiwa.
Disney+ is also touting new series and stories set in the worlds of previous Mouse properties like High School Musical and Monsters Inc. for the burgeoning Netflix-style subscription service.
The service will also carry most of, if not all, of Disney’s backlog of owned properties, which includes all its own films, as well as those produced by Marvel and LucasArts.
It’s gonna be big, in other words. Real, real, real big.
Disney+ has already launched a preview site, directing punters to sign up for a mailing list which will keep them up-to-date with developments.
No specific launch date has been announced at this time.