Lucasfilm Sheds Light On ‘Project Luminous’ The Next Big ‘Star Wars’ Publishing Initiative

Star Wars is entering a new era. With The Skywalker Saga finally wrapped with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm is looking for a new spark that will light the fire in the franchise (don’t worry there is still a lot of content taking place in the Skywalker Saga era including the current comic runs, The Mandalorian, and other upcoming Star Wars streaming series). For a while Lucasfilm has been teasing their upcoming publishing initiative “Project Luminous”, and today it was revealed to be stories taking place in a new old era: The High Republic.

If you have been reading Marvel‘s Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren comic, you might have seen the mention of this era. The High Republic takes place about 200 years before the prequel movies, when the Galactic Republic and Jedi are at their… high point. Unfortunately peace usually isn’t what Star Wars readers want to read about so there will be a great disaster near the start of the stories, and the emergence of a new adversary: the Nihil. The Jedi are likened to the Knights of the Round Table in this era (with the ones guarding the borders likened to Texas Rangers), and the Nihil are described as “space Vikings”. They are also able to use hyperspace in a “very dangerous way“.

Lucasfilm went about preparing for this new era very much like they would prepare for a new movie. They had a writers room gather at Skywalker Ranch, and had artists (including Star Wars veterans Iain McCaig and Doug Chiang) create some concept art for the stories.

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Star Wars: The High Republic “poster”
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Star Wars: The High Republic “poster”

The main writers for the first stories in the High Republic are: Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule. Two guiding thoughts gave the writers their inspiration: the Obi-Wan Kenobi quote about the Jedi in Star Wars: A New Hope (“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.”) and the question “what scares the Jedi?” The stories will feature a core group of Jedi characters. If you are not into Jedi though, don’t worry there will eventually be stories featuring “new scoundrels, new smugglers, and new bounty hunters”.

The High Republic will launch with a novel on August 25: Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule. The solicitation text for this is very brief:

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. Until. . . .

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Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi cover

Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage will be a Middle Grade novel by Justina Ireland scheduled for September 8th. Its solicit reads:

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….

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Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage cover

Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark is a Young Adult novel by Claudia Gray. Here is the solicitation text for that story due out October 13:

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….

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Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark cover

Marvel will have a High Republic series, simply titled Star Wars: The High Republic. A release date was published, but it will bet set on the space station the Starlight Beacon. It will be written by Cavan Scott.

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Star Wars: The High Republic #1 variant cover

Finally, there will also be a comic series published by IDW. This will be another in the “Adventures” line, Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures. These stories by Daniel José Older, will feature younger characters learning about about the Jedi and Nihil. A release date for this series also was not published.

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Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 retailer incentive cover

More information about Project Luminous is upcoming. Aside from what was announced today, Lucasfilm also has deals with other licensees such as Titan Magazines, Viz Media, Abrams Books, b&m! books, DK Publishing, and Insight Editions for High Republic content.

Here’s a trailer for Project Luminous explaining the concept for Star Wars: The High Republic:

 

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