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Star Wars: The High Republic publishing campaign announced

From StarWars.com:

“Later this year, Lucasfilm will launch an epic new era of Star Wars storytelling that will be explored through multiple voices in adult and young adult novels, children’s books, and comics from a variety of publishers including Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing, and Marvel.

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.

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Star Wars: The High Republic concept art.

“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.

As previously announced, Star Wars: The High Republic has enlisted top-tier, fan-favorite authors Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule to craft this new era of Star Wars publishing.

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.

The first wave of Star Wars: The High Republic titles includes:

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• Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (Young Adult novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press / available for pre-order)

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Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (Middle Grade novel, Disney Lucasfilm Press / available for pre-order)

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• Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series)

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• Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series)

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• Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel, Del Rey / available for pre-order)”

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  • Johann Potgieter

    I love the art deco vibe in the second one especially! It really suits the Old Republic/Coruscant aesthetic. I’m excited to see where this goes, it’ll be awesome to see something fresh! 😀

    • Johann Potgieter

      Also, the wide variety of aliens is fantastic! The Mandalorian did that as well, so I’m hoping it’s a trend towards an alien main character in a movie.

  • Cryogenic

    The project looks and sounds intriguing. Love the title and the basic concept. They’ve really gone to town with the lightsaber designs and the costumes.

    Just look at that gorgeous cover to “Light Of The Jedi”. Very warrior-priestly and totally in the “Flash Gordon”/”Buck Rogers”/”Galactic Patrol” style. So something happened later and the Jedi reverted to darker robes in the prequels? Or maybe these are a special league of Jedi or something. Just harmlessly speculating. That cover instantly clicks for me.

    I think there’s good scope for solid storytelling here. Let’s hope this project ends up enriching the Star Wars mythos and fits in nicely with the fundaments of GL’s epic universe.

    • Johann Potgieter

      I’m really curious about the costumes too! We know in canon the Ruusan reformation happened roughly 1000 years before TPM, so it can’t be that. If it’s an event that made them tone down the robes, I wonder what it could be. Maybe a schism formed and some Jedi started acting the way they look, kinda like royalty, or that this is how the public saw them and they had to do a bit of a marketing change. Many of the Jedi outfits here do look a tad more practical than the classic Jedi robes and tunics that we know, perhaps reflecting a time when the Jedi were much more active in the galaxy, though you’d think they’d be less martial given the Jedi’s reluctance to go to war in the Clone Wars. Although, the Jedi do seem to have some kind of “collective memory” of a more martial time just in terms of how easily they adapted to being soldiers. Maybe the Jedi were quite warrior loke in 200BBY, then something happened to make them decide to be much more passive, and that gave them the time to stew, eventually becoming arrogant and complacent. I really don’t know, it could go many ways – and that’s why I’m so damn excited! But man, they do look really heroic and, like you said, priestly. I’m really seeing that chivalric Jedi KNIGHT aesthetic here.

      I have to agree with @archdukeofnaboo that 200 years is a bit few. I would love to see a bit further back, but I think they are wise not to go into the Old Republic era we know and love (Knights of the Old Republic I and II, etc.), since then fans are going to have something to compare it to, and, let’s face it, it’s hard to live up to the storytelling and characterization The Sith Lords did! But yeah, 500, 700, or 1000 years would have been a bit more exciting, personally, but this is still untrodden soil, so I’ll be very much looking forward to this.

      • Johann Potgieter

        Also, maybe a reason for it being 200 years and not more is because they want to show us the Republic as it was at its ultimate peak, just before it starts to decline in the decades before The Phantom Menace. No idea.

    • Cryogenic

      @ Johann:

      I was initially a little surprised/dismayed when they stated this project is only set 200 years before TPM. But it only took me a few moments to get my head around it.

      200 years is a considerably long time in Star Wars terms. There’s only a 32-year gap between TPM and ANH, and only a 67-year gap between TPM and TROS. Look how much happens in-between. Similarly, fashion, culture, technology, social mores, and ways of living were all quite different in the late-18th and early-19th centuries, and much of the industrial transformation, political/military carnage, and ecological devastation of the 20th and 21st centuries was yet to come.

      I’m sure there are good reasons for only pushing things back a couple of hundred years. Like you said, they probably want to show the Republic at its height, right before it goes over the cliff edge. If the thinking and writing are of a high enough standard, the series should shade nicely into the events directly leading into TPM and the beginning of the so-called Skywalker Saga. Call it an expansive prologue.

  • archdukeofnaboo

    Only 200 years before the prequels? The novels/audio books already go back to almost 100 BBY, so this isn’t as far back as we’d assumed. Then again, we’d also been lead to believe that this era was going to be the domain of the next film.

    Personally, I prefer the idea of going back though time courtesy of the Jedi succession lineages.

    • archdukeofnaboo

      Edit: took a look at the trailer. Lacking any of the mystique and awe that such an era should possess. I’m surprised not to see any representation of the most important institution of all: the Galactic Senate.

      The idea that there should be any great threat to the Republic or the Order is flat-out wrong, so they better be careful with whatever “border threat” they’re talking about. Of course, the Jedi shouldn’t be flawless here, and to create a huge contrast with the Jedi Council of the PT would be dubious and offensive. While differences are important, continuity must be stressed at all costs and there should be be sympathy for the Jedi of the late Republic, who had to battle the greatest foe of all.

      If the Republic has stood for 1,000 years prior to 22 BBY, then I’m thinking 500 BBY would be a more apt point for a “Pax Galactica”.

      • archdukeofnaboo

        @Joe

        The people who came up with the Sequel Trilogy were clueless writers who ripped off the the original film. The people writing the new novels around the prequel era, from what I’ve read (and listened to) have bee doing fine – they might share the same overlord as the film-makers, but they’re still different people (just like at Marvel).

        My problem is that only going back 200 years before the Battle of Naboo is way too short. If they’re nearly half way there with the prequel era books, why not let them get there organically? The argument that technology or fashion changes quickly in Star Wars is redundant. If they’re going to make a great deal over a new era in the mythology let that actually be HUNDREDS of years before Episode I.

        Do they want to SANDWICH our believed prequels? And abolish the esteemed Jedi Council and Galactic Senate too in favour of some shitty medieval nonsense? Where the hell is the diversity in only picking “Arthurian legend” when it comes to mythological influences? Have these idiots ever heard of Greek and Roman myth? Or how about Germanic and Celtic myth? Are they believers in the supremacy of anglophone literature or something?

        I think I’ll write a blog article on this matter. So much more to pick through.

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