Favreau feels the Force

StarMetro Vancouver - - Entertainment -

That galaxy far, far away keeps ex­pand­ing. In the lat­est in a flurry of Star Wars spinoffs, the Walt Dis­ney Co. an­nounced Thurs­day that Jon Favreau will write and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce a live-ac­tion Star Wars se­ries for the com­pany’s planned stream­ing plat­form.

Dis­ney is ready­ing a stream­ing ser­vice to com­pete with Net­flix, and it has sig­nalled that Star Wars will be a ma­jor com­po­nent. The not-yet­named ser­vice is planned to launch in late 2019.

“Jon brings the per­fect mix of pro­duc­ing and writ­ing tal­ent, com­bined with a flu­ency in the Star Wars uni­verse,” said Kath­leen Kennedy, Lu­cas­film pres­i­dent, in a state­ment.

Favreau has been a Dis­ney reg­u­lar, hav­ing di­rected the first two Iron Man films for Marvel and 2016’s The Jun­gle Book. He also helped pro­duce sev­eral Avengers movies. He’s cur­rently prep­ping a Lion King re­make to be re­leased in 2019.

He has some Star Wars ex­pe­ri­ence, too, hav­ing pro­vided a voice for The Clone Wars an­i­mated se­ries. Favreau also has a role in the up­com­ing Han Solo spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“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,” said Favreau.

No de­tails or re­lease date were an­nounced for Favreau’s se­ries.

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