Coming later this year, Lucasfilm will be launching an epic new era of Star Wars storytelling. These new stories will come to fans via adult and young adult novels, children’s book and comic books.
Star Wars: The High Republic, previously referred to as “Project Luminous”, will be set when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their most powerful, about 200 years before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
The High Republic will not overlap with any of the filmed features or series timelines currently planned for production. This will provide creators and partners with endless room to bring on new characters, adventures and stories for fans.
The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020 with Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi.
Lucasfilm Publishing Creative Director Michael Siglain says of the project, “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.” He continues to say that “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.”
“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.”
“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.
The first wave of Star Wars: The High Republic titles includes:Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel, Del Rey / available for pre-order)
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(Source: StarWars.com, The Verge)