Iron Man director/actor Jon Favreau will be executive producing and writing the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV series, Lucasfilm announced today.
Favreau’s formal Star Wars connections began in The Clone Wars, where he voiced Pre Vizsla. He also has a voice role in Solo.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “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 series, which doesn’t yet have a release date, will debut on Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer platform, which isn’t expected until 2019.
Today’s Star Wars Show features a new deleted scene from The Last Jedi, details on a live Facebook chat with Daisy Ridley, an interview with writer Cavan Scott and a look at a special screening of the Rebels finale.
I have a suspicion that young Han Solo is exactly the kind of guy you meet when you’re hanging around at Denny’s in the middle of the night, so it’s only appropriate that the diner chain is one of Solo’s promotional partners. The Solo special menu is coming April 3.
It’s not hard to imagine what’s in store for us: Corellian food was regarded (in Legends, at least) as being heavy, greasy, and fried – right in the Denny’s wheelhouse. (And who could forget their Hobbit menu?)
Solo cups are also getting in on the action. The film’s working title, Red Cup, was a reference to their most well-known product.
Other brands include Star Wars veterans General Mills and Nissan, plus Esurance and Symantec.
Star Wars Rebels takes the series out with ‘A Fool’s Hope’ and ‘Family Reunion – And Farewell’. In the final Recon, Andi Gutierrez talks to Dave Filoni, Caroline Robinson Kermel, Keith Kellogg, Tiya Sicar, Taylor Gary, Steve Blum, Carrie Beck and Joel Aron. Pablo Hidalgo answers a question about portals.
This week brings two The Last Jedi adaptations, two comics and the latest Insider. After a delay of several months, Jason Fry’s The Last Jedi novelization is finally dropping on Tuesday, March 6. (There’s also a junior novel version by Michael Kogge.)
The Last Jedi failed to break Star Wars‘ 34-year streak at the Oscars, losing in all four categories it was nominated in. Both sound awards went to Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 took VFX, and John Williams lost out on score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.
The Shape of Water was the night’s big winner, taking home four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro.
Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 did present Best Animated Short and Feature, the highlight being BB-8 getting scratchies:
No Star Wars film has received an Oscar since 1984, when Return of the Jedi was awarded a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. But hey, we did get to see a porg on the Oscars, so that’s something.