In yet another surprising announcement from Lucasfilm, Jon Favreau will be acting as Executive Producer and Writer for a forthcoming Star Wars live-action series. The series is said to be featured prominently on Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform, which will include Star Wars and Marvel Studios films.
While it’s curious that the term “TV series”, nor “film series”, is used in Lucasfilm’s announcement, one can postulate that Jon Favreau’s contributions to the Star Wars mythos could be in a televised, or streamed, format. For one, direct-to-consumer is a huge hint that the series could be episodic like a television show. While it takes more time to produce the saga and anthology films, a new TV series can help bridge that gap of time, especially in the wake of Star Wars Rebels’ series finale.
The inclusion of Jon Favreau to Star Wars is indeed a welcome addition. Favreau is not new to the galaxy of Star Wars. Favreau provided his voice for the character of Pre Vizsla on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and he also will be portraying a character in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” said 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.”
It’s also encouraging to know that Favreau has a successful track record behind him with Disney, what with being first out the door in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as director for Iron Man and Iron Man 2, an executive producer for Avengers, and actor in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Additionally, Favreau’s more recent work on The Jungle Book remake was a commercial success.
“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,” said Favreau. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Until his foray into an episodic Star Wars series begins, Favreau’s next big project is the highly anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, which is expected in theaters in 2019.
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