Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform.
Disney is readying a streaming service to compete with Netflix, and "Star Wars" will be a major component.
"Jon brings the ideal mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe", said Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, in a statement.
Favreau will be serving as the writer and executive producer of the upcoming series, which will be one of the keys to the success of Disney's yet unnamed streaming service. He was the director of both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to his appearances in Marvel films, he's known for memorable roles over the years in projects like "Chef" (which he also directed), "The Break Up", and "Swingers".
Disney has previously announced that "The Last Jedi" writer-director Rian Johnson is developing a new "Star Wars" film trilogy, and that "Game of Thrones" creators will write and produce a separate series of "Star Wars" films.
Disney has released a video that showcases the construction being done on the company's upcoming "Star Wars"-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World".
Favreau can't wait to start the "exciting adventure". He is now in production on Disney's highly anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.
A release date for the untitled "Star Wars" live-action series has not been announced.
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