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Jon Favreau to write, ‘Star Wars’ live-action TV series

Director Jon Favreau is set to write and executive produce a “Star Wars” TV show, Lucasfilm said Thursday.

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“Star Wars” fans can expect more out-of-this-world stories: Director Jon Favreau is set to write and executive produce a “Star Wars” TV show, Lucasfilm said Thursday.

The live-action program is “for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform, the” production company Lucasfilm said in a press release.

“If you told me in 11 years that I would get to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I would not have believed it,” Favreau said in a statement. “I can’t wait to embark on this exciting adventure.”

Lucasfilm said: there is still no release date for the project at this time. Favreau is now busy with the remake of Disney’s “The Lion King”, which is set for a release on July 19, 2019.

The “Iron Man” director already has ties with the space-opera-franchise: he provided a voice for the six episodes of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars” from 2010 to 2013.

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He also has a part in the Han Solo spin-off “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which is due to come out May 25.

The director of that film, Ron Howard, tweeted Feb. 14 that Favreau is “the expression of a very cool & important alien character for #HanSolo.”

Disney is readying a streaming service to compete with Netflix, and it has signaled that the space opera franchise will be an important component.

The yet-to-be-called-service is planned to start in late 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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