According to multiple reports, Jon Favreau, the star of I Love You, Man, will executive produce, write, and direct the new Star Wars movies for the Walt Disney Corporation on their streaming platform. The president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, claimed on Thursday that Favreau would oversee the new additions to the series.
Kennedy stated Favreau was the perfect choice considering his expertise in multiple fields including producing, writing, and directing.
She added Jon is also very “fluent” in the knowledge of the Star Wars universe. Favreau will work with an ethnically and sexually diverse cast and crew to build a talent base suited to the success of the movies.
As you may know, Disney is currently gearing up to release a streaming service which will compete with Netflix, the organization which kicked off streaming distribution.
The company will launch their service – which hasn’t been named publicly yet – in late 2019. Reportedly, Favreau has worked alongside Disney in the past including the direction of the first two Iron Man films and producing several of The Avengers films.
The director also oversaw the movie, The Jungle Book. Furthermore, the actor/writer/director is preparing the new Lion King remake which is set for release in 2019. As it was noted earlier, Jon’s relationship with Disney is a deep one.
Favreau has worked as a cast member in Star Wars films including in The Clone Wars animated series and is set to appear in the new Han Solo film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Favreau is “thrilled” to be overseeing the new Star Wars projects and said it was like a childhood dream come true. At the moment, it isn’t known when Jon’s new film will hit the big screen.