New animated ‘Star Wars’ series will debut on Disney+ in 2021

A Star Wars popcorn box is seen during the
FILE PHOTO: A Star Wars popcorn box is seen during the "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" movie opening night fan event in New York City, U.S., December 19, 2019 REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

July 13, 2020

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A new animated “Star Wars” series focused on an elite group of clones will debut on Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ streaming service in 2021, the company announced on Monday.

Called “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” the series will follow the experimental clones in a rapidly changing galaxy following the end of the Clone War, the company said.

Disney is investing in new programming to draw customers to the Disney+ subscription streaming service, which launched in November 2019 and had more than 50 million subscribers as of early April. “Star Wars” is one of the company’s premiere franchises.

The Bad Batch clones were introduced in previous animated series “The Clone Wars.” In the new series, the clones will take on mercenary missions to try to stay afloat and find a new purpose.

Dave Filoni, a writer, producer and director of “Clone Wars” and “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” will serve as an executive producer on “The Bad Batch.”

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Nick Zieminski)