There’s been a lot of talk lately, about how Disney is pushing its subsidiary Lucasfilm into expanding the Star Wars franchise into a multiplatform cinematic universe like what they did with their films from Marvel Studios. Not content with a film every year, live-action TV series are being planned too.
A variety of Star Wars content labeled as “series” is being bounced around for development by Disney and Lucasfilm for the Mouse’s future exclusive digital streaming service. Now, the latter has announced that for their long-talked about live-action Star Wars series, they mean to bring Jon Favreau into the production.
Favreau can on one hand be remembered as a director or executive producer for a number of films in Marvel Studios’ MCU, but he’s also had a hand in the Star Wars franchise. He voiced Pre Vizsla in the Clone Wars animated series and is also providing voice-work in Solo.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that Favreau will serve as writer and executive producer for the as-yet untitled Star Wars series on the Disney streaming service and praised his talent in doing both. “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,” Kennedy said in interviews.
The excitement is palpable on the other end too. “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,” he said. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.” The Disney streaming service is expected to launch 2019, and will have the Star Wars series as one of its first original program content.