“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having the best week ever: After winning three Emmys at Sunday night’s ceremony — Lead Actress, Comedy Writing, and Comedy Series — for her one-woman show-turned-Amazon Prime TV series Fleabag, the multi-hyphenate has signed a major new deal with Amazon Prime Video.
And while her boss at Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, is excited for the creator’s next projects — “we are excited for what comes next from this brilliant mind to dazzle and delight our global audience,” Salke said in a statement announcing the news — she also wants more Fleabag.
Right now I still see, ‘Yeah, no,’ but there seems to be a slight twinkle,” Salke said of the show really being finished. “People probably think I’m in denial, and there’s nothing to base that on except my own intuition.
Waller-Bridge created BBC America’s Killing Eve, which hires a new female showrunner/writer for each season. The 2020 Super Bowl halftime show has recruited a pair of divas to perform: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has already lined up his first role following the long-running series’ 15th and final season: He’s set to star as the titular role in a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger. Erica Durance (Smallville) and Ashley Scott (Birds of Prey) have joined the crossover, reprising their roles, while Supernatural’s Osric Chau takes on a new one.
Hosted by SVU insider Anthony Roman, it will feature exclusive interviews with the cast, producers, and writers. John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Jimmy O. Yang, Tawny Newsome & Alex Sparrow have joined Steve Carell in #SpaceForce, a workplace comedy centered around the people on Earth who have been tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: @realspaceforce pic.twitter.com/rGTo8vazB6 — See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) September 26, 2019
Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon will headline Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ next big project, The Gilded Age. Agnes has a son named Oscar, whom she worships, but her worship is not returned,” per Variety. Meanwhile, Nixon’s Ada Brook never figured out a way to leave the collapsing South until it was too late. Jeremy Pope, David Corenswet, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Dylan McDermott, Laura Harrier, Patti LuPone, Jake Picking, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow, and Joe Mantello join Darren Criss in “Hollywood,” a new series from Ryan Murphy & Ian Brennan pic.twitter.com/RuzR068Swv — See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) September 27, 2019 The Politician actor David Corenswet and Broadway star Jeremy Pope will lead Ryan Murphy’s next Netflix project, Hollywood, alongside Darren Criss. All three actors are also executive producers alongside Murphy and his co-creator Ian Brennan.
Joining them on the show are Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Dylan McDermot, Laura Harrier, Patti LuPone, Jake Picking, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow, and Joe Mantello. Hulu’s adaptation of the bestseller Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, has added six new actors for a flashback episode: AnnaSophia Robb, Tiffany Boone, Alona Tal, Matthew Barnes, Andy Favreau, and Luke Bracey. Major musical news: Billy Joel’s oeuvre is being adapted into a new anthology series, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. Stay tuned, as there’s still no network attached, though MGM Television and Universal Music Publishing Group have teamed up for the project. Ellen DeGeneres isn’t busy enough with her daily talk show and occasional stand-up special, so she’s adding four new projects to her plate: The comedian will produce reality competition Ellen’s Home Design Challenge, reality dating series First Dates Hotel, animated children’s show Little Ellen, and docuseries Finding Einstein for HBO Max. Haley Lu Richardson and Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira have joined HBO Max’s film adaptation of the novel Unpregnant.
Production begins in New Mexico this fall with Rachel Lee Goldenberg set to direct.