A couple days ago an article was posted on this site about Disney and Lucasfilm‘s mysterious “Project Luminous“, and last night it was finally revealed as to what the people behind Star Wars were truly hiding. Project Luminous is going to replace the original “Star Wars: Legends” and the Old Republic timeline that so many people grew up with, and will be introducing what they now call “The High Republic“.
This timeline will detail the adventures and dealings of the Jedi order and the Republic 200 years before Star Wars episode 1, “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace“.
The story will be told through adult and young adult novels, comics, and children’s books, detailing this era in a galaxy far far away. Presumably, if this “project” works and isn’t hit with immediate backlash for replacing something that spanned so many years of peoples lives, i.e “Star Wars: Legends”, then this timeline and its stories may bleed into other forms of media, such as films or video games.
For right now it seems as though Disney and Lucasfilm are testing the waters with this idea, and hopefully it works out. There can never be enough Star Wars, unless you count the Christmas Special, but that is best to be forgotten.
Hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga, the Galactic Republic is at its height. Protected by the Jedi Knights, guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy.— Star Wars (@starwars) February 25, 2020
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In this time period, Jedi Knights somewhat resemble that of Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, and their lightsabers resembling that of broadswords rather than their usual look. The stories will be interconnected with each other, but will not bleed over into any other forms of storylines or projects that are being developed.
This will debut in August of 2020 at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and will span a couple of years.
“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.”
The first story to kick this all off will be Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi on August 25, 2020, then Justina Ireland’s A Test of Courage on September 8, and Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark on October 13. There will also be comics from both IDW and of course, Marvel.
It’s a high time for adventure in a lawless galaxy that is not under the full control of the Republic yet, giving off a somewhat “wild wild west” vibe.