Who else saw this coming? Lucasfilm has announced the hiring of Jon Favreau to write and produce the first live-action Star Wars series for Disney's forthcoming streaming service. Favreau was recently revealed to be voicing a CG character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He's also previously voiced another character for the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Putting Favreau behind the scenes of a Star Wars project is a no-brainer, given how successful he's been with other Disney projects. Although he directed the first two Iron Man movies before Marvel Studios was dealing with the Mouse House as a distributor, he was instrumental in building what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a cash cow for the company. Since then, he also delivered a nearly billion-dollar-grossing Jungle Book remake for Disney.
Favreau has stuck with both the MCU, in the form of playing recurring character Happy Hogan on screen, and Disney's docket of live-action remakes of its animated classics. He is currently directing their redo of The Lion King, which is surely going to be one of the biggest movies ever. Once he's done with that, perhaps he'll even helm an episode or two of his series or a Star Wars movie.
At the moment, we have more than a few Star Wars projects to look forward to. Coming up in May is the aforementioned Solo, with Ron Howard at the helm of Han Solo's early adventures. Then next year, the "Skywalker Saga" comes to a close with the J.J. Abrams-steered Star Wars: Episode IX. Lucasfilm also has Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson working on an original new trilogy and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss working on a film series. There may also be a standalone Obi-Wan Star Wars Story in the mix somewhere.
As for the small screen, there are plans for multiple Star Wars series to be added to the streaming service, which is expected to launch in late 2019. When any of them will debut is still unknown, but you can bet Disney would have a very lucative start if something Star Wars is available at the get-go.