Jon Favreau to produce and write Star Wars series for new Disney streaming service

(Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.) announced that Jon Favreau will produce and write a Star Wars series for Disney's upcoming streaming service.

Lucasfilm said Favreau played roles in "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 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.”

Disney said the collaboration with Favreau has gone back a decade with is work as director of "Iron Man," and "Iron Man 2."

Recently Favreau has directed and produced "The Jungle Book," which won an Academy Award for visual effects. He is now working on the live action reimagining of "The Lion King," set to release next year.

No release date was announced for the new series.

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