Jon Favreau's Live-Action Star Wars Show Will Be Set in a Very Intriguing Period After Return of the Jedi

The Battle of Endor, as seen in Return of the Jedi.
The Battle of Endor, as seen in Return of the Jedi.
Image: Lucasfilm

When Lucasfilm announced Jon Favreau would be helming a new live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, that was... well, pretty much it. We had zero details on what the series would actually entail. But Favreau himself has finally let slip the first, very intriguing, tidbits.

Speaking to Nerdist’s Dan Casey at last night’s Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere—Favreau plays the alien Rio Durant in the movie—Favreau surprisingly also teased what fans could expect from his own Star Wars project: a TV show set roughly seven years after the battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.


Favreau also mentioned that the series would utilize the similar sort of CG work the director had previously used in Disney’s Jungle Book reboot and, unsurprisingly, will focus on a new cast of characters. But the seven-year date is particularly interesting because it places the show in a very specific and relatively untouched piece of Disney’s Star Wars timeline.

Seven years after Return of the Jedi would place Favreau’s show in approximately 11 ABY (that’s “After Battle of Yavin” for the unfamiliar, the standard dating metric in the Star Wars canon). From what we know of Disney’s timeline in this between-trilogies period so far, this would be around six years after the New Republic is officially founded with the signing of the Galactic Concordance in 5 ABY, and the development of what would eventually become the First Order—hiding in the Unknown Regions—is still in its most secretive and earliest days.

Imperial holdouts battle New Republic ground forces on Jakku in 5 ABY, during the last major conflict of the Galactic Civil War
Imperial holdouts battle New Republic ground forces on Jakku in 5 ABY, during the last major conflict of the Galactic Civil War
Image: Star Wars: Battlefront (EA/DICE)

This is a period when the New Republic was essentially at its height, as far as we know—Mon Mothma, the Republic’s first Chancellor, had relinquished many of the emergency powers still granted to the office of Chancellor when Palpatine was bestowed upon them by the Old Republic, and had pledged to widely diminish the New Republic Fleet down to a fraction of its size at the height of the end of the Galactic Civil War. Major conflict, after years of setting the galaxy alight, was seemingly over, and our beloved heroes from the original Star Wars trilogy have gone their separate ways—Han and Leia raising their young son while Leia serves in the Senate, and Luke exploring the galaxy for Jedi artifacts and knowledge he’d eventually use to establish his own Jedi academy.


All this we only really know from tidbits in books and comics that have been released since Disney took over Lucasfilm—and it’s still barely explored. Although between this show and the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance (which, given that it features Leia’s Resistance, founded in 28 ABY, will be set several decades after the live-action show anyway) Favreau’s series will give us a chance to actually see what the Star Wars galaxy looks like in a period of peace, a fascinating opportunity given that interstellar conflict has driven so much of the saga’s main stories. That’s not to say the show won’t be without its conflicts and action, of course—war is literally in the name of the franchise!—but it’ll be interesting to see what Favreau does with this time of relative peace in the galaxy far, far away.

The live-action Star Wars show will release on Disney’s streaming service, so we won’t be seeing it until 2019 at the least, if not after. We’ll bring you more on this latest chapter in the Star Wars saga as we learn it.


James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Maybe the series will illuminate the (IMHO) stellarly bad plot progression that, after all the suffering and loss of IV-VI to destroy the Empire, kill the Emperor, defeat the Sith, and revive the Jedi... VII-VIII show all that mattered not at all. The ‘First Order’ are proxy Empire, the Rebellion are still rag-tag and on the run. Nothing Snoke or the First Order has said or done could/would not have been done if the Empire never fell. The only difference seems to be the ultra-lame replacement of Darth Vader by mewling man-baby Kylo Ren, the fecklessness of Snoke as an evil mastermind (jury still out, though), and the destruction of the historical meaning and purpose of the Jedi... by the last remaining Jedi, Luke. To literally jump from Ep. IV to Ep VII, it would require minimal plot tweaks and character substitutions.

How hard would it have been to have the Senate restored, but a new threat surface, or rebuilding the coalition of worlds required war with fringe systems and with it, some new threats? Not hard given the amount of development money and manpower.

I am very disappointed in the direction the recent SW movies have taken. It feels as if they are just trying to slog through tired material to make an inferior copy rather than find new angles in a vast universe of possibilities. I-III may be inferior in every other way, even to VII-VIII, but at least they managed the feat of echoing IV-VI without diminishing them.