Lucasfilm has had a busy year, one packed with press releases and announcements regarding new Star Wars projects. Today, the industry powerhouse revealed that Iron Man director Jon Favreau has signed on to write and produce a new Star Wars live-action series. The untitled series will appear on Disney’s streaming platform.
The announcement arrives on the heels of the confirmation that Game of Thrones directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will helm a new Star Wars trilogy. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was eager to chat about this development, as was Favreau.
In an interview with StarWars.com, Kennedy expressed her excitement about the forthcoming series, saying, “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 has directed a number of high-profile Disney films, the latest of which is 2016’s The Jungle Book. He is currently working on the live-action adaptation of The Lion King, set for release in 2019. He has also done voice work for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
There are currently no substantial details about Favreau’s new project beyond the initial announcement, but you can bet that you’ll hear something as soon as we do!