LUCASFILM TO LAUNCH STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC PUBLISHING CAMPAIGN IN 2020 NEW STORIES WILL EXPLORE THE STAR WARS GALAXY SET 200 YEARS BEFORE THE EVENTS OF THE PHANTOM MENACE.
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.
Star Wars: The High Republic will be launched later this year by Lucasfilm with all-new stories which will be explored throughout multiple adult and young adult novels, children’s books and comic books from a variety of comic book publishing companies including IDW Publishing, Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, and Marvel Comics.
“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.
Star Wars: The High Republic has enlisted fan-favorite writers Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Cavan Scott, Daniel Jose Older, and Charles Soule to bring forward this new era of Star Wars publishing to Star Wars fans across all ages. The first set of novels and comic books are set to debut at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, taking place in Anaheim, California, August 2020 with Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi. A massive interconnected story that’s told across different mediums by varying publishers.
Star Wars: The High Republic titles includes:
Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (Young Adult novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press / available for pre-order)
Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (Middle-Grade novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press / available for pre-order)
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series)
Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series)
Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel, Del Rey / available for pre-order)
Star Wars has also revealed that more announcements are to come at a later date, most likely at Star Wars Celebration. We’ll keep a tight eye on this new line of Star Wars lore and keep you all updated as more announcements are made public.