Disney has confirmed Project Luminous as Star Wars: The High Republic, a collection of new novels and comics that will explore the era 200 years before the events of Episode One: The Phantom Menace.
At the height of the Galactic Republic, a new enemy arises in the distant past with the Skywalker saga coming to an end. Set 200 years before episode one, the new series of inter-connected stories will debut this August at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.
James Waugh, VP Franchise Content & Strategy at Lucasfilm, said the inspiration for the new series came from asking “what’s next for Star Wars?”
The answer is using the Star Wars platform to explore the creative potential of the universe beyond Luke, Anakin and Rey.
Taking inspiration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lucasfilm will now expand the Literature Universe in the form of adult novels, children’s books and graphic novels for young adults.
The new series “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.”
Mr Waugh wants to let the imaginations of its new team of creatives to run wild, as Lucasfilm dives into a whole new chapter of Star Wars lore and canon.
A team of writers that include Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel Jose Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule, were all brought down to the Skywalker Ranch to develop and evolve the concept.
In giving the team a “blank slate”, senior creative exec, Pablo Hidalgo asked the team, “what story would you like to tell?”
Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain said Star Wars: The High Republic will feature “the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice.”
Mr Waugh calls them, “the Jedi Knights of the round table”.
Considering the ridiculous amount of passive deliberation in the Phantom Menance, it’s hopeful we might finally see the Jedi Council get off their asses and actually defend the galaxy.
Fortunately, the writers promise more than just Jedi’s with the team set to explore the farthest reach of the Star Wars universe, employing a group of concept artists to bring to life all the words on the page.
The first story in the new series will Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi on August 25, 2020, followed by Justina Ireland’s A Test of Courage on September 8, and Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark on October 13.