Back in March, it was announced that Jon Favreau would be writing and executive producing a live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. No details on the series were given at the time, but Jon Favreau has just let a few details slip.
At the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Favreau spoke with Nerdist, where he revealed to Senior Editor Dan Casey that the series will be taking place seven years after the Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Yavin, as seen in A New Hope, led to the destruction of the first Death Star. It was one of the Rebellion’s first major victories and a crippling blow to the Empire.
This also puts the TV series roughly three years after Return of the Jedi. This tells us that the series will be taking place in the period between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. Three decades passed between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, so there’s no telling where the series will go. Favreau’s series will help fill in a huge gap that’s only been referenced sparingly in the novels, comics, and video games. The possibilities seem endless for the timeline that the show is tackling.
Favreau wrote four scripts before he even got the gig, saying that he wrote them to show Lucasfilm what the series would be. Favreau said he’s “been thinking about this series for a long time”, showing that the director clearly has a passion for the show. Favreau also spoke with The Star Wars Show‘s Anthony Carboni during the Solo red carpet live stream, where he revealed that he was halfway done with writing a season of the upcoming series.
The series will follow an all-new cast of characters, and will be utilizing the cutting-edge technology used by Favreau in 2016’s The Jungle Book and next year’s The Lion King. Let’s hope that Favreau will hire people of color not only to fill the show’s cast, but as writers and directors of the show, something the Star Wars universe desperately needs right now.
Favreau previously voiced Mandalorian warrior Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and can be seen later this month in Solo: A Star Wars Story as the voice of Rio Durant.
There’s currently no premiere date, episode count, or title for the TV series. Disney’s streaming service doesn’t have a release date either, though it’s expected to launch by the end of 2019.
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