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New Disney+ Star Wars series to be helmed by 'Russian Doll' co-creator Leslye Headland

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New Disney+ Star Wars series to be helmed by ‘Russian Doll’ co-creator Leslye Headland

The show will take place in a completely different part of the Star Wars timeline than any other current projects.

In an exclusive report today from Joe Otterson at Variety, it was revealed that Russian Doll co-creator and showrunner Leslye Headland will be helming a new Star Wars series for Disney+.

Russian Doll (which just moved up a few spots on my quarantine binge watch list) has been a huge hit for Netflix, receiving high praise from both critics and viewers. The series’ first season received 13 Emmy nominations and won three. While not strictly sci-fi, its premise about a video game developer forced to die and relive the same day in a time loop has been lauded for both its dramatic and comedic elements.

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In addition to her duties as showrunner, Headland will be heavily involved in writing the show’s scripts. She has not yet been confirmed for any directing duties, but her extensive experience in that role makes it likely she’ll be involved with that part the production, as well.

Otterson’s report also states that the new series is rumored to have a primarily female cast and will be set in a completely different part of the Star Wars timeline than any other current movies/shows.


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