Whenever you deal with a franchise that has a rich history, you always try to delve deeper in it. Trying to find its depth and centers. In doing do you create a world where there is a past as well as a future. Like that in Harry Potter, you deal with basically three generations on the book which in all logic should be enough. But the desire and anticipation is such that it is bound to increase. The films fanned this anticipation a d before we knew we were dealing with a different generation altogether in a different series of movies titled Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
Well a similar story is with the Star Wars. We literally have 9 movies in it spanning so many years dealing with three generations. Yet we still want more from it. This gives the writers and creators incentive to move beyond this set world and explore its past, and future.
This is exactly what might happen in the highly teased project of Star Wars titled High Republic. This project will include various comic books that will deal with a time in Star Wars universe hugely apart from the familiar Skywalker Saga. It will be a story set approximately 4000 years ago the first movie chronologically Phantom of the menace.
one of the main arts of the project — Light of the Jedi from Ballantine Books —will feature one of the first Wookiee Jedi Masters. This information was literally shown in the form of a roaring Wookiee looming large in the background complete with a blue lightsaber.
This will be the first outright Wookiee Jedi in the Star Wars canon. The ones in the Star Wars Dark Horse comics of yesteryear, have been decanonized as a part of the “Legends” lore. Though there was Gungi, a youngling who was training to become a Jedi during The Clone Wars animated series but couldn’t do so because of its ultimate fate.
Hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga, the Galactic Republic is at its height. Protected by the Jedi Knights, guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy.
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 25, 2020
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy quoted on moving out of the Skywalker Saga
“Obviously, that’s what’s we’ve been spending so much time talking about, and it’s a really important transition for ‘Star Wars,’” Kennedy said. “What we’ve been focused on these last five or six years is finishing that family saga around the Skywalkers. Now is the time to start thinking about how to segue into something new and different.”
“I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure,” she continued. “We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.”
Star Wars: The High Republic is due out August 25th.