Disney first announced its new Jon Favreau-produced Star Wars TV series back in March. Since then, however, details have been few and far between. All we really knew was that it would be live-action and would be available on Disney’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. That’s all we knew. Until this week, that is. Favreau himself, while answering questions on the red carpet at the Solo premiere, gave us always-eager fans a few details to ponder.
Timing Is Everything
The first exciting piece of info is that the series will be set after the original trilogy. According to Favreau, it will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi. Chronologically speaking, this is a smart choice for Disney. This is a time period in the new canon that has not been covered in much detail. The Aftermath trilogy of books has told the story of the first few years following the Battle of Endor. Bloodline and Phasma described the years prior to The Force Awakens. Finally, the upcoming Star Wars: Resistance animated series will show us the early days of the Resistance. At this point, we know very little about the early years of the New Republic.
What Will the ‘Star Wars’ TV Series Look Like?
Favreau’s film credits include Iron Man and Elf, but most recently he has been doing a lot of CGI-heavy work with Disney. He directed the remake of The Jungle Book in 2016 and is currently working on the new Lion King. It’s not surprising, then, that the Star Wars TV series will make use of CGI. According to Favreau, the series will utilize similar motion-capture technology as The Jungle Book and The Lion King. Not only that, but the focus of the series will be on entirely new characters. Again, this is a smart move for Disney. It’s a chance to further enhance and enrich the Star Wars universe, the way the Clone Wars and Rebels series have, but this time in a live-action medium.
While Star Wars over-saturation is always a worry for fans, I’m not concerned about this project. In fact, there’s a lot about this upcoming series that has me excited. First of all, Jon Favreau is a Star Wars veteran. He voiced a recurring character in the Clone Wars series and will have a supporting role (as a CGI motion capture character) in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He’s familiar with the universe and respects it.
In addition, he has already demonstrated his ability to take long-established, beloved properties and expand them for new generations. The fact that Disney has trusted him with both The Jungle Book and The Lion King is impressive enough. Furthermore, he simply has a history of making wonderful products and creating franchises. Iron Man started the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney has handed the reigns to the right man, in my opinion, to work to further develop the universe and new canon.
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