Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau will write and serve as executive producer on a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming streaming platform.

Lucasfilm announced the development on on Thursday morning (March 8).

Favreau has played roles in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. The untitled Star Wars live-action series does not yet have a release date.

“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said. “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.”

“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,” Favreau said. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”

Favreau is a long-time collaborator with Disney. He directed and produced The Jungle Book and is in production on Disney’s reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.

Favreau also stars as Happy Hogan in the Iron Man franchise and served as executive producer on Iron Man 3. He performed the same role on the first two films and directed those titles, which were distributed via Paramount prior to Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Studios.