‘Star Wars’: Lucasfilm’s False Promise for Behind-the-Scenes Diversity Continues With Jon Favreau TV Series

IndieWire | 3/8/2018 | Staff
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If Lucasfilm was looking for an exuberant reaction to the news that Jon Favreau would be writing and executive producing a new live-action TV series set in the “Star Wars” universe, picking International Women’s Day to announce it was perhaps not a great choice.

Per the official announcement, Favreau will be developing the series for Disney’s new “direct-to-consumer platform” — aka Disney’s own personal version of Netflix, which it has been developing for launch in 2019.

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Favreau’s hiring isn’t too much of a surprise, given his long history of working on Disney-related projects, and he certainly has the relevant experience to take on a project of this scale. But the fact that Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to give a non-white man the opportunity to spearhead a “Star Wars” project on any sort of creative level cannot be ignored.

So, in the official announcement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy didn’t ignore it: “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,” she said as part of her statement. Theoretically, this is a promise that people from marginalized demographics will not only be brought into the “Star Wars” fold, but given some support to grow as a part of the franchise.

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It’s an attitude that matches up perfectly with Kennedy’s previous comments about how “We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do ‘Star Wars,’ they’re set up for success,” as she once said, later clarifying that she meant they should have directing experience on a comparable scale first.

It’s worth noting that at that time, Kennedy also said that Lucasfilm had every intention of hiring a woman to one day direct a “Star...
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