Its only been a couple days since Star Wars Rebels aired its series finale, but we already have news on the next television series from the galaxy far, far away. Rather than another animated series, Lucasfilm has announced a live-action series that has long been rumoured to be in development. What’s more, Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) will write and produce this new series for Disney’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,” said 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,” Favreau said.
This will not be the first time Favreau has worked within the Star Wars universe. He previously starred in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Pre Vizsla, the leader of the Mandalorian group Death Watch and will also be next seen in the spin-off film Solo: A Star Wars Story. He is currently directing a live-action version of The Lion King for Disney.
While Disney’s streaming service will launch in 2019, there is no premiere date for the new Star Wars series as yet.