Disney plans to include Star Wars and Marvel TV shows as part of the lineup in its upcoming streaming service, but details about those shows have been scant until today, when the company announced that Jon Favreau will be writing and producing a live action Star Wars series.
While Favreau is best-known for directing films like Iron Man, The Jungle Book and the upcoming Lion King remake, he’s also worked in television, most recently on The Orville, where he directed the pilot and serves as executive producer.
Plus, Favreau is already an actor in the Star Wars universe, having voiced a character named Pre Vizsla on The Clone Wars and he apparently plays an unannounced role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the announcement. “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.”
Disney plans to launch its streaming service in 2019. However, Lucasfilm says there’s no premiere date for this Star Wars series.