Back in March, Lucasfilm announced that it has enlisted actor and director Jon Favreau to develop a live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, and now we’ve got the very first details on what is sure to be a hugely anticipated show.
Speaking to Nerdist at a screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he portrays the character of Rio Durant, Favreau reveals that the as-yet-untitled series will take place in the period between Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – specifically seven years after Jedi’s Battle of Endor.
Favreau also went on to reveal that the series will feature all new characters, and employ cutting edge technology similar to that used on his blockbuster The Jungle Book adaptation, and the upcoming remake of The Lion King.
That period of time is pretty much untapped in the Disney canon, with the closest being the recent Star Wars: Last Shot novel, which takes place around three years after the fall of the Empire and the death of Emperor Palpatine.
As for the story, it’s impossible to predict given that it seems we’ll be focussing on entirely new characters. Still, let us know in the comments below if you’ve got any thoughts on what you’d like to see from the show…
A new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Tobias Beckett, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) as L3-37, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Qi’Ra, Thandie Newton (Westworld) as Val, Ian Kenny (Sing Street) as Rebolt, Harley Durst (Wonder Woman) as Moloch, Jon Favreau (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Rio Durant, Tien Hoang (Now You See Me 2) as Moloch’s henchman, Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) as Dryden Vos and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in an as-yet-unrevealed role.