Disney+ to stream a Star Wars gameshow next year

MUMBAI: US and global media conglomerate Disney has announced that its OTT service Disney+ will stream a ‘Star Wars’ game show called ‘Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge’. The game show will stream exclusively on Disney+ in 2020.

Set in a galaxy far, far away it will test young contestants’ abilities in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery as they face thrilling and fun obstacles in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight! From lightsabers to hyperspace, the Force, and the dark side, Jedi Temple Challenge transports viewers and contestants into the Star Wars galaxy like never before.

The show is hosted by Ahmed Best, who will play a Jedi Master and mentor to the contestants. Known to many fans as Jar Jar Binks from the ‘Star Wars’ prequels, Best’s set of skills as an actor, dancer, martial arts expert, STOMP musician, and Star Wars fan make him the perfect choice as the show’s host and mentor said the company. Best is joined by a humanoid droid companion, voiced by Mary Holland (Veep, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre).

“This is definitely a kids game show like no other. The various challenges will test a Padawan’s connection to the Force in three locations — a forest planet, onboard a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi temple — immersing them and the audience in a fun, humorous, and exciting competition,” said Lucasfilm’s senior director online content, programming Mickey Capoferri.

“Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge brings together the best of Star Wars — competitive spirit, harrowing obstacles and a hero’s triumph over challenges — in a totally new format for the franchise. A game show set in the Star Wars galaxy is a perfect fit for Disney+,” said Disney+ VP Originals — Unscripted Content Dan Silver.

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