‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series Snags Jon Favreau as Writer

Jon Favreau Star Wars Live-Action Series
Jon Favreau attends Marvel’s’ ‘Iron Man 3’ Premiere (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

Lucasfilm just announced Jon Favreau has committed to writing a brand new Star Wars live-action series. Favreau will also executive produce the series which will air on Disney’s direct-to-consumer platform.

The series does not have a confirmed premiere date.

Emmy nominee Favreau (Dinner for Five) is already a part of the Star Wars universe. The actor/writer/director/executive producer lent his voice to the animated action adventure series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and has a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story directed by Ron Howard and opening in theaters on May 25, 2018. Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra, Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, and Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.

“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” stated 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.”

“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,” said Jon Favreau on his new writing and executive producing gig.

Jon Favreau is currently busy directing Disney’s The Lion King starring Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, James Earl Jones, and John Oliver. The Lion King is targeting a July 19, 2019 theatrical release date. He’s also set to return to the world of The Jungle Book as the director of Disney’s Jungle Book 2. Favreau directed the sequel’s predecessor, the 2016 critically acclaimed box office hit The Jungle Book.

Favreau’s other directing credits include Chef, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 2, Iron Man, and Elf.