When Star Wars' First Live-Action TV Show Will Be Set In The Timeline

While the next Star Wars adventures on the big screen will be Ron Howard's prequel Solo and (eventually) J.J. Abrams' Episode IX, TV audiences also have quite a bit to get excited about. The very first live-action Star Wars series is in development, with Jon Favreau at the helm, and though next to nothing is known about what we can expect to see, the fan-favorite filmmaker has revealed when his show will be set within the franchise's vast timeline: seven years after Return of the Jedi's Battle of Endor. But probably don't plan on seeing tons of Ewoks.

It's now been confirmed that we'll be getting a mid-timeline story from the first non-animated Star Wars TV series, which is set to debut on Disney's upcoming streaming service that will go live in 2019. This will be the first live-action project to take place between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the third one, with Force Awakens being the first time the story picked up after Return of the Jedi. (In a non-novel sense, in any case.) As such, there are opportunities to do completely new and unpredictable things within this universe, and that seems to be exactly what Jon Favreau has in mind.

One of two new Star Wars series heading to the small screen in the nearish future, Jon Favreau's series will apparently feature a set of all-new characters, according to Nerdist. And while the whole live-action aspect is being pushed, Favreau also noted that he'll be using some of the latest filmmaking tech in putting it together, similar to the amazing effects he showed off with his Jungle Book adaptation. So beyond whatever humanoid folks will be leading the cause, we will almost definitely be getting quite a few CGI characters further populating this already colorful universe. Now we just need to know who those characters are, and what planets they're from, and whose side they're on.

It will be interesting to see if Jon Favreau's show connects at all with Disney XD's upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance, which is also set between the trilogies, though closer to The Force Awakens side of things. Film stars Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will be reprising their respective roles of Poe Dameron and Captain Plasma for the animated show, and though no characters or actors have been announced for the live-action tale, I'm hoping that more than a few familiar elements will be used. Although the fact that Lucasfilm is mulling standalone films for so many O.G. characters might complicate things. Or, as it went with Star Wars Rebels, there might be a lot of room for relevant crossovers.

While we still have many questions about what Jon Favreau's Star Wars TV show will be about, at least we have a good foundation for where to kick off our next round of speculations. Stay tuned for more info on when Disney will be bringing the show to audiences, and head to our summer premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are hitting primetime in the near future.

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