Star Wars: Leslye Headland Teases Female-Led Disney+ Series’ New Timeline & Characters
More than five months since it was first reported that Lucasfilm has enlisted Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland to develop and write a new Star Wars series for Disney+, Headland has finally revealed new details about the untitled female-led project. In a recent interview with Fantastic Frankey, she teased that fans should expect to see the introduction of brand new characters to the sci-fi franchise. Headland also explained that her Star Wars series will get to explore a different part of the Galaxy that fans have no knowledge about.
“I would say it’s in a pocket of the universe and a pocket of the timeline that we don’t know much about,” Headland said. “I kind of see, if Star Wars is a religion. I like to think of my show as a tent revival. You can come over if you want to. We’re going to be talking about some cool stuff.
She continued, “There’s going to be some things we haven’t discussed in the canon yet. There are going to be some characters you don’t know about.”
Headland also revealed that Star Wars alum Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones had also influenced her pitch to Lucasfilm. “For me, it’s less about going through the Star Wars universe cinematically or artistically, I’m actually kind of combing through it geographically and go on a literal journey. When we were pitching, I had my designer create that Indiana Jones-like “we go here and then we go here,” with the little dotted red line like this is our journey, this is where we’re going.”
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the series is being described as a female-centric action thriller with martial arts elements and is set to take place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects. Leslye Headland will write and serve as showrunner on the series, which is currently staffing.
The untitled Star Wars series is part of Lucasfilm’s growing list of Disney+ projects including: the Ewan McGregor-led Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and the Diego Luna-led Cassian Andor series.
Besides the Emmy nominated Russian Doll, two-time Emmy nominee Headland’s credits also include serving as writer and director on the Seven Deadly Plays series as well as the 2014 remake of About Last Night and writing/directing Sleeping with Other People. Her television credits include Terriers, Blunt Talk, SMILF, and Black Monday. Headland is currently under an overall deal at Fox 21 Television Studios.
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