Jon Favreau to oversee live action Star Wars TV series

The new live action Star Wars TV series has found it' showrunner; has revealed that director Jon Favreau will write and executive produce the live-action television arm of the mega sci-fi franchise.

Favreau of course was instrumental in kick starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, a franchise that, like Star Wars is now owned by the Disney empire.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy made the following statement

“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."

Jon Favreau added:
“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.”

While there is no airdate for the new Star Wars TV series, the Disney streaming service on which it will debut is expected to launch by the end of 2019. This is one series that is sure to get plenty of attention.

In the meantime, you can catch our reviews of the final season animated Star Wars TV Series Star Wars: Rebels weekly, with the latest review here .

Last updated: 08/03/2018 20:41:02

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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