Jon Favreau is to write the script for the forthcoming live action Star Wars TV series.

The Marvel producer was the voice of Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and also has a role in the forthcoming Han Solo spin-off, but this latest news has made the Star Wars' fan inside him extremely happy.

"If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn't have believed you", he said in a statement. "I can't wait to embark upon this exciting adventure."

Favreau's CV includes directing such movies as Iron Man and The Jungle Book, and he's currently shooting the upcoming Lion King live action film. He has also served as an executive producer on The Avengers and is set to direct Jungle Book 2.

"I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

"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."

Little is known about the forthcoming Star Wars TV series, other than that it's due in 2019.

The next Star Wars project to be released will be Solo: A Star Wars Story, due at the end of May - less than five months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.