Jon Favreau to write and direct upcoming ‘Star Wars’ live-action series

World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/12/2017 – Actor and director Jon Favreau. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Lucasfilm has announced that Jon Favreau will be making a new live-action “Star Wars” series, which will be released on Disney’s future streaming video platform.

Favreau will be serving as the writer and executive producer of the upcoming series, which will be one of the keys to the success of Disney’s yet unnamed streaming service.

“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 has had a very successful collaboration with Disney over the years. In 2008, he was the director of “Iron Man,” the movie that kicked into motion the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which has gone on to become a multi-billion dollar franchise.

The acclaimed filmmaker also directed and produced the live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book” in 2016, and he is currently working on the production of the live-action version of “The Lion King.”

The upcoming series is just one of the various expansion plans that Disney has set for the Star Wars franchise. Last month, the company announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners of the highly successful HBO series “Game of Thrones,” will be developing a new series of Star Wars films.

In November, Disney also announced that “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson is also getting his own series of films.