Star Wars TV Series From Jon Favreau Coming to Disney's Streaming Service

Jon Favreau will write and executive produce the untitled series set in the Star Wars universe

By Chris Harnick Mar 08, 2018 3:15 PMTags
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It's official: Star Wars is getting a TV show. Lucasfilm announced Jon Favreau, director, actor and executive producer, will write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer (aka streaming) platform.

"I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. "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."

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Favreau has previously dipped his toe in the Star Wars universe with roles in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film about a young Han Solo.

"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 said in a statement.

Favreau played roles in and directed Iron Man, the movie that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also helmed Iron Man 2 and directed The Jungle Book.  Favreau is currently in production on Disney's reimagining of The Lion King, which is set for a 2019 release.

No premiere date for the untitled Star Wars series was announced.

Rumors of a live-action Star Wars series have swirled for years, dating back before Disney's acquisition of the property. George Lucas originally planned a cable series about the seedy underbelly of the world of Star Wars. The show never materialized.