The love from Disney for Jon Favreau has spilled over to LucasFilm after Kathleen Kennedy announced that Favreau has been given the task to executive produce and write a new live-action Star Wars TV series.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” Kennedy said in. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe.”
Favreau also shared his joy at his new commission, “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,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
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This announcement has already caused a major backlash on social media with some stating that it’s just another straight white-male being hired to oversee the project dismissing the Female/POC/LGBT movement. However, who knows where Favreau will take the project and who he will hire to direct, write, produce and star in the upcoming venture.
Favreau has already worked on Star Wars movies, he will be seen in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars story and had previously appeared in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. He is currently working for Disney on the Lion King remake which will star Donald Glover as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa. The remake is due for release July 2019.