Actor, director, producer, and longtime Disney collaborator, Jon Favreau has signed on to write and executive produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new streaming platform which will launch in 2019. At this time there is no set date for the when the series will premiere.
Kathleen Kennedy and Favreau were interviewed about the upcoming series and told the Star Wars website:
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.” Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Favreau has been a key player in starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe having directed and starred in 2008’s Iron Man. He’s also directed and produced Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book and in currently in production on the upcoming live-action The Lion King.