Report: Jon Favreau confirms Star Wars live-action series set 7 years after Return of the Jedi

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Dec 17, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

Last year, it was revealed that a long rumored Star Wars live-action TV series will be produced in 2019 for the new streaming service Disney is planning to launch in the near future. A subsequent announcement revealed that Iron Man director Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce the Star Wars show on Disney’s still-untitled service. Further details have been hard to come by, but Favreau reportedly dropped some early intel during his appearance at the world premiere for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

According to Nerdist’s Dan Casey, Favreau confirmed that his Star Wars TV series is set seven years after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Considering there is an approximately 30 year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, there is a lot of unexplored territory that the show could potentially cover. The rise of Snoke and the First Order could begin here, and perhaps we could even see Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi order briefly come together before Kylo Ren’s turn to the dark side. 

Favreau also reportedly indicated the series will feature all-new characters, and it will utilize the technology he used to integrate CGI and live-action in The Jungle Book. That’s an intriguing notion, but it could potentially mean the show will move away from the recent push towards more practical effects in the films.

Regardless of the technology behind the show, the storytelling possibilities of that era are very enticing. While the new cast of characters will likely have their own stories to unfold, this series offers a unique opportunity to integrate characters and plots from all three trilogies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and the previously released video games and novels within the new continuity.

We can’t wait to see what the post-ROTJ galaxy looks like, and if Favreau can pull it off then it could be a major new chapter for the franchise.