'Iron Man' director Jon Favreau to helm new Star Wars live action series, possibly titled 'Underworld'

'The Jungle Book' director has roles in both the 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series and upcoming 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Jon Favreau, best known as the director for 'Iron Man' series and 'The Jungle Book,' has signed on to helm – which includes executive producing and writing – a new live-action 'Star Wars' series. With the working title of 'Star Wars: Underworld,' Disney’s new project is created specifically for direct-to-consumer platform. 

No stranger to the Star Wars galaxy, Favreau has had a significant role in the 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series and will be a part of the upcoming 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' as well. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement with the statement on StarWars.com: “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform." 

Director/actor Jon Favreau at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' Black Panther at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

With only praises for the actor/director/writer/producer, 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.”

The 51-year-old showbiz veteran is also thrilled on his part, saying, “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.” 

Then again, he has been having some fun with the news: 

Disney’s still-unnamed streaming service, which will be unveiled in 2019, will include a bunch of exciting projects and the yet untitled 'Star Wars' series is but one among them. According to io9, here are some of the priority projects that would be available for streaming on the platform:

Don Quixote, from a Billy Ray script; Lady and the Tramp; The Paper Magician; Stargirl, to be directed by Julia Hart; and Togo, to be directed by Ericson Core.

In post-production and bound for the streaming service are the Mark Waters-directed Magic Camp, and the Mark Lawrence-directed Noelle with Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader and Shirley MacLaine.

Priority development projects include 3 Men and a Baby; Sword and the Stone; and Timmy Failure, the latter of which has Spotlight director Tom McCarthy in the creative mix.

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