Moments ago, the Star Wars official site announced that Jon Favreau would Executive Produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for the Disney streaming service. This announcement is fantastic news for the franchise as Favreau has a skilled talent at showcasing real emotion and action scenes in storytelling. From “Iron Man” to “Food Truck,” Favreau has molded characters and tales that have been memorable and fun. I have always been wary of a live-action Star Wars series, but the choice to have him Executive Produce this project gives me high confidence.
The optics of this announcement on National Women’s Day is a marketing misstep. Another major decision of a project leads handed to a white male. However, as sore as that might feel, the response from Lucasfilm is encouraging.
“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.”
As I mentioned in prior Editorials, it stings to lose a top spot, but the gain is in the opportunity for many more slots to fill with women and people of color. From Directors to writers, this is good news, albeit on a wrong day to receive it.