Filmmaker and actor Jon Favreau, currently helming Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Lion King,” will write and serve as executive producer of a live-action “Star Wars” series for the studio’s upcoming streaming service.
“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 Thursday announcing the series. “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,” added Queens-born Favreau, 51, who directed the first two “Iron Man” movies (2008, 2010) and the live-action “The Jungle Book” (2016). He has been an executive producer of numerous films including those, as well as Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure,” he said.
No release date was announced.
Favreau’s “Star Wars” backgrounds includes voicing Pre Vizsla in the six episodes of the animated TV series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” playing a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which hits theaters in May. As an executive producer, he earned a 2005 outstanding documentary or nonfiction series Emmy Award nomination for his IFC series, “Dinner for Five.”