Jon Favreau to write and produce new ‘Star Wars’ TV series

The 'Jungle Book', 'Iron Man' director and 'Friends' actor will be a major driving force behind the new live-action project

Jon Favreau is set to write and executively produce a brand new live-action Star Wars TV series, the franchise has announced.

The Iron Man and Jungle Book director – who also had a notable role in Friends – has been tapped by Lucasfilm to helm the new project, which will air on Disney’s ‘new direct-to-consumer platform’.

Having already had a role in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series – as well as a part in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story – Favreau certainly has history with the long-running sci-fi franchise.

Speaking about the announcement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said she “couldn’t be more excited” about Favreau’s involvement.

“Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe,” she said. “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.”

Giving his take on the news, 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.”

The new series in question has yet to receive a projected air date.

In other recent Star Wars news, Mark Hamill revealed that he still hasn’t come to terms with the exit of Luke Skywalker.