By Savannah Salazar
Luminous beings are we after this stellar Star Wars announcement!
Lucasfilm and Disney Publishing Worldwide have announced the launch of an all new publishing-led Star Wars storytelling initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic, previously dubbed “Project Luminous.”
The initiative will feature interconnected stories from high-profile authors, told across multiple publishers. Star Wars: The High Republic will take place 200 years prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in an all new time period set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their height, serving and protecting the galaxy.
“We are so excited to be opening up such a rich, fertile era for our authors to explore,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We’ll get to see the Jedi in their prime.”
The multi-year initiative will roll out in phases, blasting off later this year with Phase I, known as “Light of the Jedi.” The stories explored in this Star Wars timeline will not overlap any of the films or series currently planned for production, giving creators space to tell their Star Wars stories in a never-before-explored timeline.
“The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm are renowned for creative excellence and we are excited to develop entirely new stories with unique characters and worlds while staying true to the Star Wars universe,” said Tonya Agurto, senior vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide.
As if willed by the Force, Star Wars: The High Republic will feature stories from fan-favorite Star Wars authors Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older and Cavan Scott. The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020 and select titles are available now for pre-order.
Lucasfilm Press Creative Director Michael Siglain said, “Star Wars: The High Republic will allow creators to imagine entirely original stories in a new corner of the galaxy. Our incredible team of authors worked together alongside the Lucasfilm Story Group and Publishing teams to help craft a completely new era for the franchise that begins with Publishing.”
The following titles have been announced:
Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray
Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older
Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott
Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule
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