Star Wars fans: say hello to the High Republic.
Announced late this evening, this new era of storytelling will begin 200 years before the era of Skywalker. That's right- this era of Star Wars will not overlap with any of the existing films or shows. This is all new. This is the Jedi when they are at their absolute highest peak, and they are the guardians of a great time of peace. Naturally, this can't last, as a new enemy called the Nihil. That will seemingly stop the Republic's expansion dead in its tracks. The whole thing will kick off in August with a novel by Charles Soule titled Light of the Jedi. Both Marvel and IDW will publish ongoing comics set in the high Republic era as well. The Marvel book will be written by Cavan Scott, while Star Wars: High Republic Adventures will be written by Daniel Jose Older for IDW. Other novels and young adult books by people like Claudia Gray and Justina Ireland will also be coming.
Check out the trailer and covers and such below!
Star Wars: The High Republic, which has previously been referred to as "Project Luminous", will be set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their zenith, about 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. This period on the Star Wars timeline will not overlap any of the filmed features or series currently planned for production, giving creators and partners a vast amount of room to tell Star Wars stories with new adventures and original characters.
We are so excited to be opening up such a rich, fertile era for our authors to explore," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "We'll get to see the Jedi in their prime."
"Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we've always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes," says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. "This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi."
"This was a golden age for the Jedi, and also a time of galactic expansion in the Outer Rim. So expect there to be rich tales of exploration; charting out the galaxy, meeting new cultures, and discovering what pioneer life in the Outer Rim was like. This is an incredible sandbox for our storytellers to play in, both within publishing and beyond, and we can't wait to see the great fiction they build within it," says Lucasfilm vice president, franchise content and strategy James Waugh.