‘Russian Doll’ showrunner Leslye Headland reportedly bringing new female-centric ‘Star Wars’ series to Disney+

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Leslye Headland appears on the set of “Sleeping with Other People.” [IFC Films photo]

A new “Star Wars” series is being planned at Disney+ from Leslye Headland, the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the award-winning Netflix series “Russian Doll,” Variety reports.

Although the details are a closely guarded secret, sources tell Variety it will be a female-centric saga set in a different place in the “Star Wars” timeline than other projects.

Headland is said to be attached to write and serve as showrunner.

Headland directed multiple episodes of “Russian Doll,” which was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for its first season and won three. Starring co-creator Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” centers on a jaded New Yorker trying to find her way out of a time loop as she keeps dying and returning to a party that’s being thrown in her honor.

Headland began her career writing and directing the “Seven Deadly Plays” series, including “Assistance” and “Bachelorette.” The latter was the basis for her 2012 directorial film debut starring Kirsten Dunst.

Her other TV credits include “Terriers,” “Blunt Talk,” “SMILF,” and “Black Monday,” and Headland’s additional film credits include writing the 2014 remake of “About Last Night” and writing and directing “Sleeping with Other People.

She is currently under an overall deal at Fox 21 Television Studios, and the studio is now under the Disney umbrella.

Headland’s project is one of multiple new “Star Wars” series coming to Disney+, Variety reports.
Season 3 of pop-culture sensation “The Mandalorian” is already in the works at Disney+, with the second season premiere coming later this year.

An Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor and a Cassian Andor/”Rogue One” prequel series starring Diego Luna also are in the Disney+ pipeline.


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