Lucasfilm has quite the announcement for us today. The live-action Star Wars series that we’ve all been waiting to come to fruition finally has an official showrunner. And that person is none other than Jon Favreau.
The breaking news comes direct from Lucasfilm this morning. The show will exist on, and likely be a key staple to, Disney’s “new direct-to-consumer platform.”
Favreau has worked with Disney a quite a few times in the past. He helped to launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe by directed both Iron Man and Iron Man 2. He also helmed the award winning 2016 live-action Jungle Book feature. He’s currently working on the 2019 live-action adaptation of The Lion King for the studio.
Favreau is also the portrayer of Happy Hogan within the MCU. In addition to that, the actor/director was the voice of Pre Vizsla, the leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch, in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He also has an upcoming role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“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,” Favreau is quoted. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, lauded the landing of Favreau:
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. 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.”
There’s no release date targeted as yet for the project. Favreau will likely finish out his work on The Lion King before moving onto his Star Wars show. Disney intends on launching their own version of a Netflix-esque streaming service, with this Star Wars show surely being a focal point.