Disney and Lucasfilm are inviting fans to journey with them to an unexplored timeline in the Star Wars franchise. Starting in January 2021, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing will launch Star Wars: The High Republic, a multi-year publishing initiative featuring interconnected stories across multiple platforms and formats. Originally known as the mysterious “Project Luminous,” Star Wars: The High Republic will look at the history of the Jedi 200 years prior to the events of The Phantom Menace and the Skywalker saga.
The first books and comics were set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020, however this exciting initiative will now launch in January 2021. Select titles are available now for pre-order.
This multi-year publishing program will be rolled out in phases, with Phase I being called “Light of the Jedi.” This period on the Star Wars timeline will not overlap any of the films or series currently planned for production, giving creators and partners space to tell Star Wars stories in a never-before-explored timeline.
Star Wars: The High Republic is set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their height, serving and protecting the galaxy. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Republic and the Jedi are noble and respected.
Light of the Jedi
“Two hundred years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, in the era of the glorious High Republic, the noble and wise Jedi Knights must face a frightening threat to themselves, the galaxy, and the Force itself. . . .”
- Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule will feature a Jedi Wookiee as one of its supporting characters.
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey
- Publication date: January 5, 2021
- Sells for $28.99; currently available for pre-order
A Test of Courage
“When a transport ship is abruptly kicked out of hyperspace as part of a galaxy-wide disaster, newly-minted teen Jedi Vernestra Rwoh, a young Padawan, an audacious tech-kid, and the son of an ambassador are stranded on a jungle moon where they must work together to survive both the dangerous terrain and a hidden danger lurking in the shadows.”
- Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland will feature the youngest Jedi Knight in the Order.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
- Publication date: January 5, 2021 release
- Retails for $14.99; currently available for pre-order
Into the Dark
“Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier-and he couldn’t be less happy about it. He’d rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he’s traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy.”
- Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray centers around a Padawan and features a captain inspired by Matthew McConaghey.
- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
- Publication date: February 2, 2021
- Sells for $17.99; currently available for pre-order
Star Wars: The High Republic
Author Cavan Scott on the new comic series:
“Star Wars: The High Republic is set on Starlight Beacon, the Jedi’s base of operation out on the Galactic Frontier. The exciting thing is that while we have seen Jedi Masters with their Padawans and Jedi Knights operating on their own, here we follow a group of Jedi of different ages and experience operating as a team.
We also focus on Keeve Trennis, a newly-minted Jedi who finds herself stationed on the Beacon. She’s a good Jedi. In fact, she’s a great Jedi, but she doesn’t believe it, especially when she realises she’s surrounded by real legends. And her problems are only just beginning, especially as a Great Disaster ravages the Frontier, because wherever there is a Great Disaster there are dark forces who see a Great Opportunity…”
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures
At its core, every good story is about the character journey. Fans will have several new characters to embrace as part of the Star Wars: The High Republic initiative. Below are some of the Jedi who will be key players in the upcoming saga.
Star Wars: The High Republic will feature interconnected stories for fans of all ages and reading levels. Many publishers have joined the multi-year initiative including:
- Disney Lucasfilm Press
- Marvel Comics
- Del Rey
- IDW Publishing
- Insight Editions
- Titan Publishing
- Viz Media