Disney has finally revealed details behind the mysterious “Project Luminous” tease, taking fans 200 years before the prequel trilogy for a massive over-arching Star Wars story titled Star Wars: The High Republic. This story is set to span over multiple books and comics, in a time known as the High Republic Era.
“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.”
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, a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers.
Light of the Jedi novel from author Charles Soul is set to release on August 25th and will introduce “a different kind of Jedi, one that patrols the frontiers, a sort of Texas Ranger,” and begin with a cataclysmic event known as “The Great Disaster”.
“You see a lot of Jedi coming together to handle it,” Soule teased. “How would the Jedi handle something galactically terrible on a moment’s notice? That scene opens the novel and it goes from there…the whole [saga] builds from that.”
Following the aftermath of The Great Disaster, a new villain called The Nihil will rise in a story brought to life by artist Iain McCaig who designed the look of Darth Maul.
“Hyperspace is something [the Nihil] are able to use and access that makes them very, very dangerous,” Soule said, “They’re not a bunch of uniformed soldiers serving a higher purpose. They’re unified, but they’re also all out for themselves.”
After Light of the Jedi, the “High Republic” schedule is as follows:
- A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (Star Wars: Lando’s Luck), a middle-grade book.
- The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), a Marvel comic series.
- Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (Star Wars: Master & Apprentice), a novel.
- The High Republic Adventures by Daniel Jose Older (Star Wars: Last Shot), an IDW comic series.
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: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (Young Adult novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press / available for pre-order)
Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series)
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing 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: 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.
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