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Jon Favreau reveals details on his live-action Star Wars series… including when it will be set

May 13th, 2018 by Marc Comments

We found out a few weeks ago that the new Star Wars animated shows Resistance, would be set during the new era of Star Wars and will feature a fighter pilot in the Resistance.

Now, it seems that Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action Star Wars series will be set just prior that period.

Speaking at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere, Favreau was asked by Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey if he could reveal any details on the new show and he confirmed three interesting things:

1). The show will specifically be set three years after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi (the tweet below is wrong).

2). It’ll feature new characters utilizing the same sort of motion capture technology that he used in his live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.

3). Half of the show has already been written.

There’s no denying the fact that this is a period in the Star Wars universe that, ever since The Force Awakens arrived, is prime for new stories, events and characters although we’re a little upset that George Lucas’ original series idea, Star Wars Underworld, based in the seedy world of bounty hunters seems to be altogether dead.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“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. “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 is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “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.”

Disney’s collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade, when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios. For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s highly anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.

The untitled Star Wars live-action series does not yet have a release date.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….