Star Wars: The High Republic kicks off today when the first book in the multimedia initiative arrives.
To celebrate the new era of Star Wars storytelling, Lucasfilm opened the blast doors on its publishing epic with a special live stream, celebrating the January 5 launch of The High Republic.
StarWars.com's Kristin Baver hosted the event, leading a discussion with Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain and the authors collaborating on the new stories: Charles Soule, Justina Ireland, Cavan Scott, Daniel José Older, and Claudia Gray. During the hour-long conversation, the writers discussed their collaboration, plot points, and the inspiration behind some new characters, and revealed just some of what fans can look forward to as they explore this uncharted corner of the galaxy far, far away.
The trailer was released at the end of a livestream event featuring authors involved with The High Republic and is narrated by a female Jedi, who gives an overview of The High Republic's overarching story.
Images are shown of the Jedi battling several enemies, including the plantlike Drengir and the intergalactic raiders known as the Nihil.
Star Wars: The High Republic takes place 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. At the height of their power, the Jedi Knights spring into action when a disaster occurs at the newly minted Starlight Beacon station. The trailer also reveals an evil that threatens all the Jedi Knights hold dear.
The High Republic has also inspired the Disney+ series The Acolyte, which is being developed by Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland. The Acolyte has been described as "a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era."
Star Wars: The High Republic begins Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi, on sale from today, January 5.