Over the weekend, Making Star Wars’ Jason Ward reported that the next Star Wars film saga will be set during the “High Republic” era!
According to Ward, the new series of films will be set around 400 years before the events of the Skywalker saga, which means that the Sith’s Rule of Two has already been established, and that Yoda is already a Jedi – “but isn’t the old Jedi we know from the Skywalker era”, according to Ward’s report. Additionally, Ward says that this series of films won’t be a trilogy (which fits with something Kathy Kennedy previously said) but that it would be made up of interconnecting stories told in this same era. Ward also believes that Project Luminous is supposed to lead up to this new era.
I think this is a very exciting thing to think about, and I’m assuming that we’ll get more information soon, once The Rise of Skywalker and the Skywalker saga is given a bit of time to breathe. I have long expected that the next foray into Star Wars films would be traveling back to the Old Republic, and while this isn’t exactly that, it does fit the same mold: traveling back to explore new characters, places, and themes.
In fact, I think that exploring this “High Republic” era of just 400 years before the Skywalker saga might be a more brilliant move, because the legends material didn’t delve into that much – unlike with the Old Republic. So if Lucasfilm were to tell stories set in the Old Republic, for instance, they would either have to tell stories of familiar characters or risk angering some fans by “undoing” those stories. While they certainly have that right (and some of it might be needed anyway), this era would allow them to tell new stories with new characters without any of that baggage.
It would also be really cool to see more of Yoda’s earlier days in the Jedi Order, and the history of the Jedi and the Sith, and of Darth Bane and the Rule of Two, etc. There are plenty of things that these stories could do to connect with the larger saga to make everything feel super connected, but they could do that without being necessarily bound by the familiar.
Again, take all of this with a grain of salt, because it’s far from confirmed. But Ward has a reputation for getting things right, so this is definitely worth noting. I’m excited about the possibility!