Recently, Making Star Wars’ Jason Ward reported that the next series of Star Wars films will be set in the “High Republic” era!
According to Ward, the High Republic era will be set around 400 years before the events of the Skywalker saga. He also said that Project Luminous, a mysterious collaboration between a number of Star Wars writers, will serve to bridge us to these films.
Ward hasn’t always been right, but he’s been right on a whole lot of Star Wars reports in recent years, so this is a credible report for sure. And one thing that really piques my interest here is that we’ve actually heard the term “High Republic” twice in Star Wars canon so far.
The first came in Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott, when it was mentioned in connection to a former Jedi, Klias Teradine. And then the second came in the recently released The Rise of Kylo Ren #2 by Charles Soule, when Lor San Tekka mentions the High Republic era being a time of expansion for the Jedi.
Now here is what is especially interesting: both of those authors are a part of Project Luminous. The five authors we know of who are collaborating on this project are Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule. These five have been working together to develop whatever Project Luminous is, and I think it’s interesting in light of this recent report to consider that the only two times we’ve heard the term “High Republic” in Star Wars has been in media written by Project Luminous authors… which is reportedly supposed to tie in to the films set in the High Republic era.
Certainly makes you think, doesn’t it? I’m guessing we’ll be getting a formal announcement of what’s coming, both with Project Luminous and with the cinematic future, soon enough. But it sounds like we might be traveling back 400 years before The Phantom Menace, and that’s a really exciting possibility.