Jon Favreau is the next white guy headed to a galaxy far, far away.
Lucasfilm has just announced that Favreau will write and executive produce the as-yet-untitled live-action Star Wars series. Details are scarce, but you knew that already – details are always scarce with these Star Wars projects.
No premiere date has been announced, but we do know the show will debut on Disney’s direct-to-consumer platform – think of how Star Trek Discovery helped launch CBS All Access.
Favreau’s been a Disney favorite for a while. He helped kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and his “live-action” remake of The Jungle Book was such a hit that he’s doing the same thing for The Lion King, due out in 2019.
Favreau provided some of the obligatory quotes about what a dream come true this is. “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,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added, “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,” she said.
Her reference to diversity seems kind of odd, given that Favreau is yet another white guy working for a franchise that lately has only seemed interested in hiring white guys. The generous interpretation of that statement is that it’s a promise that Favreau’s Star Wars TV series will bring on a more inclusive staff.
Even then, it’s feels like just another empty promise from Star Wars that we’re totally committed to diversity, no really, we’d love to see more female and non-white filmmakers, but you know, now just isn’t the time, you understand, but it’s coming, eventually, we swear.
None of this is to rag on Favreau, a talented filmmaker who’s shown time and time again that he knows just how to handle these big Disney properties. Whatever he cooks up for Star Wars ought to be good, and we very much look forward to seeing what he can do with this galaxy.
It’s just getting tiresome to hear Star Wars keep kicking that can down the road while paying lip service to the importance of inclusivity. We’ll give Lucasfilm credit for their “diverse” staff when we see it, and not a day earlier.