Lucasfilm announced today that Jon Favreau of Iron Man fame will write and produce the upcoming Star Wars live action series on the Disney streaming platform.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “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.”
Favreau joins the long list of fan-turned-creator like Rian Johnson, J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards and Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to join the Star Wars fraternity since it joined the Disney brand. Favreau, for his part, said, “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.”
Of course, some are disappointed the announcement occurred during International Women’s Day and that Favreau’s hiring reflects a certain “sameness” in the creative talents shepherding Star Wars. A fair point as the diversity seen on screen in recent films has yet to be reflected behind the camera.
It is still unclear what facet of the Star Wars galaxy the series will focus on or when it will be released.