Today, Lucasfilm announces new books and comic books as part of a larger campaign, entitled Star Wars: The High Republic. They will all take place in the time about 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. It will feature works from Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule.
The first works coming out of the campaign are a novel Into the Dark by Claudia Gray, and comics Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older, Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule, and Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott.
“We are so excited to be opening up such a rich, fertile era for our authors to explore,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “We’ll get to see the Jedi in their prime.”
“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.”
“This was a golden age for the Jedi, and also a time of galactic expansion in the Outer Rim. So expect there to be rich tales of exploration; charting out the galaxy, meeting new cultures, and discovering what pioneer life in the Outer Rim was like. This is an incredible sandbox for our storytellers to play in, both within publishing and beyond, and we can’t wait to see the great fiction they build within it,” says Lucasfilm vice president, franchise content and strategy James Waugh.