Star Wars: Will the High Republic books lead into live-action movies?

Photo: Star Wars: The High Republic Jedi Concept Art.. Image Courtesy Disney Publishing Worldwide
Photo: Star Wars: The High Republic Jedi Concept Art.. Image Courtesy Disney Publishing Worldwide /

After the announcement of Star Wars: The High Republic consisting of only books and comics, many fans are wondering if they will lead into movies.

For those unaware, a little over a week ago, Star Wars: The High Republic was officially announced to bring in a new era in Star Wars lore.

The High Republic, which previously was being developed as Project Luminous, is set to be a series of books and comics written by a team of Star Wars writers, taking place in the era of the republic, following the Jedi order 200 years before the Skywalker Saga.

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In the reveal trailer, the series is being described as the “wild west/new frontier” of the Star Wars Galaxy and the Jedi of this series will act akin to an old school Texas Ranger, with stories appealing to both kids and adults, with the main villains of the series being a group of outlaws called the Nihil.

Additionally, the authors state the series will have something different for each type of Star Wars fan, meaning that I expect a lot of variety in the story telling, with the first book, Light of the Jediset to be released in August of this year.

The concept of The High Republic is very ambitious, as it involves charting out an entirely new era in Star Wars canon with several different writers making their stories line up properly, and with all the thought and care going into it, this begs the question why it is only being limited to print.

As of now, only three live-action movies have release dates confirmed, with the first set for December 2022, and the sequels in December 2024 and December 2026, respectively. No details regarding this new trilogy have been released, but it’s rumored not to be part of The High Republic.

In addition to the movies, the live-action Disney+ shows, The Mandalorian Season 2, The Cassian Andor series, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series are the only ones officially announced, but there are other’s in development, although it is unknown what they will consist of as well, but The High Republic is unlikely to be involved as well.

While this is purely speculation, I do expect to see a High Republic in story in live-action form at some point, but after a trial period during this initial run of books and comics, which I believe will serve as a dry run/trial period for this new era in Star Wars

The creators specifically say they will be experimenting with different types of stories and characters with a lot of variety, and I believe they will take note of what is most popular amongst fans, what stories are the most highly rated, which characters fans like the most and just simply what works best about their series, and then develop those into future live action films and shows.

My basis for this is that this is exactly what Lucasfilm did with their most recent comics, particularly the Obi-Wan lineup. Part of the reason we are getting an Obi-Wan Disney+ series is because the comics were so popular, and I feel that they will do something similarly with The High Republic.

From what has been revealed thus far, it looks like a lot of care is going into the development of The High Republic, and hopefully if they are successful, it will lead to some great movies and shows down the line.

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For those who do not want to wait a few years for a new Star Wars Story, High Republic: Light of the Jedi is set to be released August 25th, 2020.