Walt Disney Co. announced that Jon Favreau will write and executive produce a live-action “Star Wars” series. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Jon Favreau to write, produce new ‘Star Wars’ series

NEW YORK — That galaxy far, far away keeps expanding. In the latest in a flurry of “Star Wars” spinoffs, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that Jon Favreau will write and executive produce a live-action “Star Wars” series for the company’s planned streaming platform.

Disney is readying a streaming service to compete with Netflix, and it has signalled that “Star Wars” will be a major component. The not-yet-named service is planned to launch in late 2019.

“Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, in a statement. “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 has been a Disney regular, having directed the first two “Iron Man” films for Marvel and 2016’s “The Jungle Book.” He also helped produce several “Avengers” movies. He’s currently prepping a “Lion King” remake to be released in 2019.

He has some “Star Wars” experience, too, having provided a voice for “The Clone Wars” animated series. Favreau also has a role in the upcoming Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

“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,” said Favreau.

Disney has previously announced that “The Last Jedi” writer-director Rian Johnson is developing a new “Star Wars” film trilogy, and that “Game of Thrones” creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will write and produce a separate series of “Star Wars” films.

No details or release date were announced for Favreau’s series.

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