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Jon Favreau's Live-Action Star Wars Series Is Set Before The Force Awakens

While the world is buzzing about Solo: A Star Wars Story, actor and director Jon Favreau is getting more and more excited about his newest venture in the Star Wars franchise: an upcoming live-action television series that he has just revealed will take place before Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nerdist ahead of the world premiere of Solo on Thursday night in Los Angeles, Favreau revealed when exactly his yet-untitled show fits on the overall Star Wars timeline. The creative chatted with Dan Casey, who relayed via Twitter, "Jon Favreau confirms that his live-action Star Wars series takes place 7 years after Battle of Endor, between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens."

Crunching the numbers to get an even clearer idea of the series' time period, we calculate that it will take place 23 years ahead of The Force Awakens — since the film is set in 34 ABY, 30 years following Return of the Jedi — and 4 years before Rey (Daisy Ridley) is born, as her birthday is sometime in the year 15 ABY, 11 years following the Battle of Endor. 

Additionally, Favreau stated the series will feature "all new characters" and implement the same "cutting-edge tech" used in his critically acclaimed film The Jungle Book and his upcoming live-action take on Disney's The Lion King. The multi-talented creative is attached to the series as a writer and executive producer. 

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy expressed excitement over the project, stating at the time of the announcement, "I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. 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."

Favreau's Star Wars series will launch on Disney's unnamed digital streaming platform alongside a live-action Marvel show, a TV take on High School Musical, and an animated series based on Monsters, Inc. The House of Mouse is currently "developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app," set to roll out in 2019. 

Until we know more about the live-action Star Wars series, fans can see (or hear, rather) Favreau as the voice of Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25.