Actor-director Jon Favreau has signed on to write and act as executive producer for a new live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney’s new streaming platform.
The “Iron Man” director is no stranger to the world of Disney or “Star Wars”. He voiced the role of Pre Vizsla in the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series and plays an undisclosed role in the upcoming spin-off “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. In addition to serving as a producer on “The Avengers” films, he also helmed Disney’s live-action “The Jungle Book” and is currently directing the live-action adaptation of “The Lion King”, due in 2019.
“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.
“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 announcing his involvement. “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.”
A release date for Favreau’s live-action “Star Wars” series has not yet been announced, but reaction online was not overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing disappointment that another white male had been tapped to lead a “Star Wars” project.