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"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field, created by all living things…"
―The quote originally used to introduce the project at Celebration Chicago[src]

Star Wars: The High Republic, first announced as Project Luminous, is an upcoming multimedia project being worked on by Cavan Scott, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Daniel José Older, and Justina Ireland, which spans both comics and books to tell one cohesive story set in the High Republic Era, two centuries prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[1] It is set to be released in 2021.[4] Details about the project were revealed at a press event on February 24, 2020,[6] prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that delayed its release.[4]

Opening crawl[edit | edit source]

STAR WARS
THE HIGH REPUBLIC
The galaxy is at peace, ruled by the
glorious REPUBLIC and protected by
the noble and wise JEDI KNIGHTS.

As a symbol of all that is good, the
Republic is about to launch STARLIGHT
BEACON into the far reaches of the
Outer Rim. This new space station will
serve as a ray of hope for all to see.

But just as a magnificent renaissance
spreads throughout the Republic, so
does a frightening new adversary. Now
the guardians of peace and justice
must face a threat to themselves, the
galaxy, and the Force itself....[7]

Development[edit | edit source]

The idea of Project Luminous came from Lucasfilm Publishing's creative director, Michael Siglain, who individually approached each author in the summer of 2018 about getting to work on what he then called the All-Star Initiative. To Cavan Scott, Siglain revealed the project over breakfast, while both were at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, but he didn't say who else would be working on Luminous yet.[8]

Ireland, Gray, Soule, Older, and Scott at Skywalker Ranch

A few months later, in September of 2018, all five of the authors who had signed on for Luminous were taken to Skywalker Ranch in California, where they began to flesh out the story beyond the project parameters.[9] They were also joined by the Lucasfilm Publishing editorial team and Lucasfilm Story Group. They stayed for a few days, spending most of their time discussing the project, but they also got to see a 4K screening of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. They then went to Skywalker Ranch one more time in March of 2019[1] and saw a 4K cut of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[8]

Project Luminous was announced one month later, at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Lucasfilm Publishing: Writers Roundtable, Monday April 15, 2019.[1]

The High Republic concept art by Phil Noto

Project Luminous was revealed on February 24, 2020.[5] In an announcement trailer, Project Luminous's name was revealed as being Star Wars: The High Republic. James Waugh, Lucasfilm's VP for Franchise Content and Strategy, explained that, with the end of the Skywalker saga looming with the release of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the publishing branch of the company brought in some of the authors who had worked on previous tie-in materials and allow them the creative freedom to fill-in the gaps with Star Wars stories beyond the reach of the films and the Skywalkers. Pablo Hidalgo, of the Lucasfilm Story Group who was involved in the Project Luminous writers' room, described the early process as giving the writers a blank slate and allowing them to choose what they wanted to write about and when. Eventually, the idea came from one of Obi-Wan Kenobi's earliest lines about the Jedi in A New Hope, about the Jedi being "the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic." Michael Siglain also explained that the story truly began to come together with the question "What scares the Jedi?"[3]

Foreshadowing[edit | edit source]

The High Republic was first mentioned in the April 30, 2019 audio drama Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott.[10] It was first identified as the High Republic Era in the January 8, 2020 comic issue The Rise of Kylo Ren 2 by Charles Soule.[11]

Also mentioned in Dooku: Jedi Lost are Padawan Klias Teradine and Jedi Master Trennis. Teradine discovered the Bogan Collection and was expelled from the Jedi Order. Trennis became one of the Lost Twenty who left the Jedi Order.[10] Keeve Trennis will be a Jedi character in The High Republic comic series, although they have not been explicitly confirmed as the same person.[12]

Nihil raiders first received a mention in the comic story "The Lost Stories, Part 1", written by Scott and published in Star Wars Adventures 30 by IDW Publishing[13] on January 29, 2020.[14]

Starlight Beacon was indirectly mentioned in the comic Star Wars 2, written by Charles Soule and was also published by Marvel Comics[15] on January 29, 2020,[16] and its name was given in the project's official reveal on February 24, 2020.[17]

A female Jedi seen in a holocron in The Rise of Kylo Ren 3, a comic written by Soule and illustrated by Will Sliney[18] and released on February 12, 2020,[19] was confirmed by Soule to be Avar Kriss, a character in The High Republic: Light of the Jedi.[20]

In the announcement trailer for the High Republic project, concept art of entities labeled "Nameless" can be seen.[3] These beings were mentioned in two of Cavan Scott's works, the aforementioned Dooku: Jedi Lost[10] and the fourth issue of the comic series Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle.[21]

Chelli Aphra noted that murals of the Rings of Vaale contained High Republic iconography.[22]

Media[edit | edit source]

Novels[edit | edit source]

Young adult[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Short stories[edit | edit source]

Comic books[edit | edit source]

Young readers[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 SWYTlogo.png Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Live Stream - Day 4 | The Star Wars Show LIVE! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 StarWars.com NYCC 2019: 'Project Luminous' Details and More Revealed at the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 SWYTlogo.png Star Wars: The High Republic | Announcement Trailer on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 StarWars.com Star Wars: The High Republic Sees Revised Release Dates on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 StarWars.com Lucasfilm to Launch Star Wars: The High Republic Publishing Campaign in 2020 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Comes Home, the Child Lands at New York Toy Fair, and More! | This Week! In Star Wars on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  7. StarWars.com Star Wars: The High Republic on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Cavan Scott (2019-04-20). What is Project Luminous?. Archived from the original on February 24, 2020. Retrieved on October 5, 2019.
  9. Charles Soule (2019-04-15). What is Star Wars: PROJECT LUMINOUS?. Archived from the original on February 24, 2020. Retrieved on October 5, 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dooku: Jedi Lost
  11. The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
  12. Scott, Cavan (2019). Introducing Star Wars: The High Republic. Cavan Scott's website. cavanscott.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2020. Retrieved on February 26, 2020.
  13. IDWStarWarsAdventuresLogoSmaller.png "The Lost Stories, Part 1"—Star Wars Adventures 30
  14. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Adventures #30 on Amazon.com (backup link)
  15. Star Wars 2
  16. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars (2020) #2 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  17. StarWars.com 5 Things We Learned About Star Wars: The High Republic on StarWars.com (backup link)
  18. The Rise of Kylo Ren 3
  19. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren (2019) #3 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  20. TwitterLogo.svg Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) on Twitter: "That’s Avar Kriss." (screenshot)
  21. Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle 4
  22. Doctor Aphra (2020) 2
  23. Del Rey Luminous Project. Random House Books. Random House (2020). Archived from the original on February 25, 2020. Retrieved on February 25, 2020.
  24. EdelweissPlus-Logo.png Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic) (Unabridged) on the official Edelweiss+ website (backup link)
  25. TwitterLogo.svg Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "On last nights #NYCC panel, the authors of the second wave of #StarWarsTheHighRepublic books for 2021 were announced. @cavanscott is writing our second novel. Full details coming in the future." (backup link)
  26. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: The High Republic #2 Novel on Amazon.com (backup link)
  27. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: The High Republic #2 Audiobook–Unabridged on Amazon.com (backup link)
  28. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark Audiobook–Unabridged on Amazon.com (backup link)
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 YouTube.png Star Wars The High Republic Writers Explain the New Characters and Major Conflict on the New York Comic-Con YouTube channel (backup link)
  30. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage Audiobook–Unabridged on Amazon.com (backup link)
  31. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars The High Republic: The Great Disaster on Amazon.com (backup link)
  32. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars The High Republic 8x8 #2 on Amazon.com (backup link)

External links[edit | edit source]

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Books
Novels
Light of the Jedi (audiobook) · A Test of Courage (audiobook)
Into the Dark (audiobook) · Untitled novel · Untitled junior novel
Untitled young adult book
Young readers
The Great Jedi Rescue · Untitled High Republic young readers book
Comic books
The High Republic · The High Republic Adventures
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