It’s not quite the weekend yet, but the party has already started for Jon Favreau and Star Wars fans. Disney CEO, Bob Iger, announced early this morning that the Iron Man director has signed on to write and executive produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming direct to consumer platform. Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, followed up the official announcement by saying, “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. 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.”
Having played roles in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, Favreau has a good history with the Star Wars series. Favreau shared his excitement in the upcoming project when he said, “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 is currently working with Disney on the upcoming Lion King remake that is set to star Beyonce, Donald Glover, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key and James Earl Jones. There is no release date for the series at the moment, but the Disney OTT where the series is set to live is rumored to be released in the next eighteen months.