We now know when the upcoming Star Wars Live-Action TV Show takes place in the timeline. Fans of the franchise have been waiting a very long time for Disney and Lucasfilm to pull the trigger on a live-action TV series and they're finally making it happen. The series will be part of Disney's upcoming streaming service, which launches next year. Jon Favreau has been tapped as the chief creative force behind this Star Wars series and, while much of what we're going to see is still a mystery, we now know this isn't going to be another prequel-era story.
Jon Favreau, who directed the first Iron Man and the live-action version of The Jungle Book for Disney, was present at the premiere for Solo: A Star Wars Story. During the premiere, he took a little time to speak with Dan Casey of Nerdist and revealed that the show is going to take place seven years after Return of the Jedi. Here's what Dan Casey had to say about it in a tweet.
Exclusive: @Jon_Favreau confirms that his live action #StarWars series takes place 7 years after Battle of Endor, between #ReturnOfTheJedi and #TheForceAwakens. Will feature all new characters, using cutting edge tech a la The Jungle Book. Story coming to @nerdist..."
This is probably great news for Star Wars fans. We've been waiting a while to see the new on-screen stories in a galaxy far, far away that don't take place during the prequel era. This show is finally going to do that for us. There is a whole lot to explore in the years leading up to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as evidenced by the Aftermath trilogy of novels by Chuck Wendig. However, this is going to follow new characters, as opposed to those we're already familiar with. That makes a good deal of sense and also presents us with some very interesting opportunities.
Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but this show will surely be exploring the rise of The First Order and the formation of The Resistance in some way or another. Beyond that, all we can do is speculate. Jon Favreau does have a good track record for these sorts of things though, as he launched the DCEU with Iron Man and gave us quite possibly the best live-action Disney remake so far with The Jungle Book. Hearing that he is going to incorporate similar, groundbreaking technology for this series is also welcome news.
There is currently no premiere date or title for the Star Wars live-action series yet, but we can likely expect it to launch with Disney's streaming service in order to help beef up their subscriber base out the gate. We will be sure to keep you up to date as more details on the project are made available. You can check out Dan Casey's Twitter post for yourself below.