Jon Favreau Star Wars TV Series Announcement Slammed For Timing With International Women’s Day

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Word that Jon Favreau's been brought in by Lucasfilm to write and executive a new Star Wars live-action TV series for Disney's upcoming streaming site might be good news to Star Wars fans, but to some Favreau's new job only means another step back for representation and diversity.

The addition of Favreau in the Star Wars franchise has been met with criticism by netizens on social media, especially since the announcement was made during International Women's Day.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, film journalists, as well as fans, are all criticizing the timing of Lucasfilm's announcement.

"Women have a tough time getting the experience they need to compete for plum jobs like this. Even few men boast the array of proven skills — writing, acting, directing, VFX — that Jon Favreau has. Hollywood needs to give more women chances to build that toolset," IndieWire film critic Anne Thompson said, calling the whole affair "Bad PR timing."

Favreau might have the credentials to write and produce Star Wars upcoming' project, but fans feel like the announcement could have been timed better. Lucasfilm might have improved in terms of racial and gender representation on the big screen but the studio still needs to work on the inclusion of women and people of color in major creative positions in its production.

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Lucasfilm's latest installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is getting its Digital release on March 13 and Blu-Ray on March 27.

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