The new Star Wars series will be set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens
Solo: A Star Wars Story premiered last week, and on the red carpet, Iron Man director Jon Favreau revealed a bit of news about his upcoming live-action Star Wars show: it’ll be set in the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Favreau spoke with Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey on the red carpet, telling him that the show will specifically be set three years after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, and that it’ll feature new characters utilizing the same sort of motion capture technology that he used in his live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. He also indicated that half of the show has already been written.
The as-of-yet-untitled live action show will join the recently announced Star Wars: Resistance, in the post-Return of the Jedi era of the franchise. Resistance will be the third animated Star Wars show from Dave Filoni, who created The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
The 30-year period between original and sequel trilogies is one that’s ripe for new material, especially after Lucasfilm decided to render the pre-Disney works non-canon back in 2014. Beginning in 1991 with Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, the Expanded Universe continued the post-Return of the Jedi era with an extensive series of novels and comics. That period has slowly been replaced with a new series of works, such as Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy and Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma.
This news means that the show will be completely different from the long-developed live-action show from George Lucas. That project was first announced in 2005 and would have been set in the underworld of the galactic capital, Coruscant, sometime between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. In this new setting, Favreau will likely be able to explore the rise of the First Order along with the other major developments that led to the events of the sequel trilogy.
Favreau’s show will launch on Disney’s upcoming streaming service which is expected to debut sometime in the fall of 2019.