What happened before the Skywalker saga? Now we have the answer. Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced the launch of an all new Star Wars storytelling initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic, previously called “Project Luminous.”

This new initiative will feature a series of interconnected stories told across multiple publishers. 

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The stories will take place 200 years prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in an all new time period. Star Wars: The High Republic is set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their height, serving and protecting the galaxy. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Republic and the Jedi are noble and respected. This multi-year publishing program will be rolled out in phases, with Phase I being called “Light of the Jedi.” This period on the Star Wars timeline will not overlap any of the films or series currently planned for production, giving creators and partners space to tell Star Wars stories in a never-before-explored timeline.

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“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.”

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The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020, and select titles are available now for pre-order.

“Star Wars: The High Republic will allow creators to imagine entirely original stories in a new corner of the galaxy. Our incredible team of authors worked together alongside the Lucasfilm Story Group and Publishing teams to help craft a completely new era for the franchise that begins with Publishing,” says Lucasfilm Press Creative Director Michael Siglain.

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The following titles have been announced:

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide

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