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It’s official! Star Wars: The High Republic to introduce the new era of the Jedi!

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Like a wise (but scruffy-looking) man once said, “It’s true… All of it!”. Yes, after months of hearing rumours and following breadcrumbs, Lucasfilm has finally unveiled the truth behind the super-secretive Project Luminous initiative. And exactly as we had been hearing, this will be a brand new line-wide, cross-publisher initiative to introduce the brand new era of Star Wars set in the now officially revealed High Republic.

As the announcement video explains, since 1977 when Obi-Wan Kenobi spoke about Jedi being the defenders of the galaxy for over a thousand generations, we’ve never really seen that. This is where the High Republic comes in. Set approximately 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace, the many comic books and novels set in the High Republic will tell of a golden age of Jedi and the “secret history of the galaxy”. It’s a time of unparalleled peace and order, but this idyllic High Republic isn’t all-encompassing. On the edges of the Republic is a “wild west-styled new frontier of expansion, patrolled by a different type of Jedi, ones more akin to Texas rangers.

It’s also here where we find the new big bads of the Star Wars world, The Nihil, who are described as “space vikings” who live by a motto of “You can’t take it with you, but we can take it from you”. Don’t they just sound lovely? They may not be the only evil out there though, as one of the main inspirations for this entire High Republic era was the question of “What scares the Jedi?”, which will apparently get answered. This may tie into what Lucasfilm is calling “The Great Disaster”, which is the inciting event that kicks off all this storytelling and set the galaxy on a dangerous path.

To tell this story, Lucasfilm assembled a writers’ room consisting of established Star Wars writers Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule and gave them total narrative freedom. Coming from very diverse backgrounds, the writers all had very different ideas for Star Wars and out of that melting pot evolved this line-wide initiative that will tell “vast interconnected stories, across multiple years”. Initially, these stories will focus on a core group of characters – not just Jedi, but also new smugglers, scoundrels, and bounty hunters – before expanding over time. These stories will also be spanning various genres, making them appropriate for different demographics. As Lucasfilm claims, the High Republic will contain a “Star Wars story for everyone”.

And all of this kicks off at Star Wars Celebration in August 2020 where the first set of comics and books will be launched in an event (very clumsily titled) as Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi. This is being described as “a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers”. The first wave of these books and comics have already been announced, an adult book with the exact same title as the event. Because that’s not confusing at all.

Here’s the list of announced titles with their promo art:

  • 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 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: 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

I have to say, I’m pretty stoked with all of this. A brand new era of Star Wars, completely free of any existing plot lines, is an exciting thing. The last time the franchise was allowed free rein like this, we got the incredible Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Legacy comics from Dark Horse Comics. What I’m most hyped for is Lucasfilm’s claim that they want to use their Star Wars publishing lines as an “incubation place” for future stories. While the Disney era of Star Wars has seen an unprecedented level of crossover between the films and books/comics, it’s usually only been one-way, at least in any notable sense, as the films drove the narrative and characters. Potentially having that the other way around is very intriguing.

What do you guys think of the new High Republic era for Star Wars?

Last Updated: February 25, 2020

43 Comments

  1. I think the future of Star Wars being in the past is rather disappointing. It’s not free of existing plot lines, if anything it’s even more restricted because they can’t do anything that could affect the starting point of those plot lines – especially since that’s only 200 years away.

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  2. Son of Banana Jim

    February 25, 2020 at 09:31

    Can we go into the future please? Can we please see what happens after Palpatine and his granddaughter destroyed the Skywalkers and stole their identity? What about a Star Wars Next Generation? Come on, Disney…

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    • MechMachine

      February 25, 2020 at 09:31

      That’s exactly what I was thinking.

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    • Hammersteyn

      February 25, 2020 at 10:21

      Rey’s parents where nobodies.
      They were Palpatines.
      Palpatines are nobodies.

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        February 25, 2020 at 10:21

        #NotAllPalpatines

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      • MechMachine

        February 25, 2020 at 10:36

        Spoiler…

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        • Hammersteyn

          February 25, 2020 at 10:59

          sorry

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          • MechMachine

            February 25, 2020 at 11:05

            No worries.

  3. MechMachine

    February 25, 2020 at 09:48

    I have to be totally honest. The consensus about Star Wars by most people I know is meh. It just doesn’t inspire the same levels of reverence it used to.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      February 25, 2020 at 09:50

      It’s certainly sunk to new lows in the eyes of many. Sadly, it’s not even resonating with the young ones either. If there’s ever proof that something is dead it’s when the toys aren’t selling (although, we have seen an upswing with the Mandalorian – which even lit a fire under my Star Wars hating undead corpse).

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      • MechMachine

        February 25, 2020 at 09:57

        I compare it to things like Altered Carbon, The Expanse, Blade Runner. There are films and TV shows that are pushing boundaries and there are over-bloated juggernauts that need some soul. Take a guess which one Star Wars falls into.

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          February 25, 2020 at 09:57

          It’s really sad, because many of us grew up with those old shows and movies. Who wouldn’t want to see a new Battlestar Galactica series? Or even a new take on Quantum Leap or even Buck Rogers.

          You’re absolute right though about the soulless over-bloated juggernauts. I mean Star Trek is in the same boat. It’s just not fun or exciting anymore. But, then for every Star Wars, we do occasionally get something as excellent as The Expanse or Altered Carbon or even something as zany and over-the-top as the Orville.

          So, at least we know creativity can exist…

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          • Guz

            February 25, 2020 at 11:35

            Battlestar Galactica!
            “What do you hear?”
            “Nothing but the rain”

      • MechMachine

        February 25, 2020 at 09:57

        Deep, down, I think the mystique and potential that Star Wars had was stolen by the smorgasbord of comic book films the came out. And those films were perfected by the time Endgame came out.

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          February 25, 2020 at 09:57

          I think the MCU benefited from some excellent planning and forethought. It may not initially have been as well thought out with the first Iron Man, but I think prior to the first Avengers movies, those behind the scenes had a clear roadmap. They knew what they wanted and where they wanted to go, whereas every other attempt at a cinematic universe has failed because those in power didn’t realise what went into planning out the MCU.

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          • MechMachine

            February 25, 2020 at 09:59

            I wonder if Star Wars would benefit if they put old Favreau in charge.

          • Son of Banana Jim

            February 25, 2020 at 10:21

            Technically they are, apparently Kennedy is being sidelined while Favreau and Feloni have the support of the higher ups and Feige. It should have happened years ago, but then who could have expected what a disaster the Last Jedi would end up as.

            The Force Awakens was ok, but I think most of us were eager to see what will happen next and then a certain round-headed buffoon tricked us all by sending us pictures of his unwashed bottom.

          • MechMachine

            February 25, 2020 at 10:36

            I haven’t seen the last film. I personally don’t think they will ever live up to the original films. A combination of Nostalgia and the fact that they were the first. You just can’t beat that.

      • Hammersteyn

        February 25, 2020 at 10:21

        upswing with the Mandalorian

        The baby Yoda idea secured someone a massive bonus.

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          February 25, 2020 at 10:21

          Yeah, if that individual hasn’t been promoted to executive and given a corner office then there’s really no justice in this world….

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  4. D@rCF0g

    February 25, 2020 at 09:50

    So they are progressing the world by going back in time. I’m still excited about this. I have faith that as long as the corporate higher ups interfered in the process to a minimum, I trust the writers have some great stories up their sleeves that could usher in some great entertainment.

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  5. Original Heretic

    February 25, 2020 at 09:57

    My mind is twice about this.

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  6. CrAiGiSh

    February 25, 2020 at 09:59

    Star Wars … with actual Jedi?

    Na … they lying fam … XD

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  7. Hammersteyn

    February 25, 2020 at 10:09

    • CrAiGiSh

      February 25, 2020 at 10:09

      I can get behind this.

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    • Hammersteyn

      February 25, 2020 at 11:05

      Aw shucks, been a while. XD

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    • Guz

      February 25, 2020 at 11:35

      +420 upvotes

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  8. Guz

    February 25, 2020 at 11:35

    Hope they don’t f&*k it up, but it’s Disney so anything can happen

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  9. Quentin Huggett

    February 25, 2020 at 11:42

    will no doubt be terrible

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  10. Jac7

    February 25, 2020 at 09:50

    Just make a film trilogy with Keanu Reeves in the main role as a bounty hunting mother fucker because someone killed his Wookiee friend.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      February 25, 2020 at 12:11

      This! MUTHERFRUITEN THIS!!!

      Janas Wickstar – former Imperial Stormtrooper turned Bounty Hunter….

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