Ever since the Skywalker saga wrapped up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019, there's been one question on every Star Wars fan's minds: where will Disney and Lucasfilm take the franchise next? Well, the wait is finally over, with the latter releasing a trailer for the publishing campaign, Star Wars: The High Republic, that put a lot of burning questions to rest.
The trailer begins with the words "hundreds of years before the Skywalker saga . . ." flashing on the screen. It instantly confirms that the next installment of the Star Wars canon will be completely different from what we've seen since Disney took over the franchise back in 2012. This, in itself, is huge news for true Star Wars devotees, as Disney's Star Wars has focussed solely on the Skywalker era, and The High Republic appears to stray toward canon outside of the nine episode films — and perhaps is a return to the Star Wars Legends era.
In the four-minute clip, we're taken on a journey through the writers room, which took place back in 2018 at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in California. We're told that the premise of the next era stems from one simple question: what scares the Jedi? The official description reads, "Set 200 years prior to the events of Star Wars: the Phantom Menace, the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their height, serving and protecting the galaxy."
Star Wars: The High Republic will include a collection of stories told by multiple voices, through comics, children's books, and young adult novels. The stories will be built out simultaneously across multiple publishers, giving Lucasfilm the opportunity to tell "vast, interconnected stories across multiple years." As you'd expect from Star Wars, the new era is all about adventure — a new frontier defended by Jedis who have a sort of Texas ranger vibe. As for the art, well, they enlisted some of the best artists around, including Iain McCaig, who designed Darth Maul.
It'll all kick off with what the creators are calling "The Great Disaster," which will spin the galaxy off into a dangerous new direction. "There will be a core group of heroes that'll expand over time," rising up to take on the villains. And these bad guys will be referred to as "The Nihil" who're kind of like space vikings that live by the motto "you can't take it with you, but we can take it from you."
Star Wars: The High Republic will begin in August 2020, and for the most up to date information, you can check out the Star Wars website.