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Charles Soule Talks Star Wars: The High Republic and Light of the Jedi

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Sep 23, 2020.

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    In January Star Wars will be taking us to an even longer time ago in our favorite galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The High Republic. Kicking off this ambitious publishing program and bold new era of Star Wars storytelling will be Charles Soule's novel Light of the Jedi, and yesterday the author spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the creation of the series and tease what fans can expect when it arrives next year.



    The mandate, according to Soule, was to create a 'massive new chapter in Star Wars history ... something authentically Star Wars but also brand new and fresh.' This new chapter needed to have something for everyone, from casual fans who might have only seen a few of the movies to those Mark Hamill has affectionately labelled as UPFs (ultra passionate fans). It also needed to be able to span multiple publishers and mediums. Star Wars has seen a few long running story arcs in both novels and comics, but for that level of cooperation and coordination the most similar project I can think of in recent memory is when Del Rey, Dark Horse, and others worked together in 2002-2005 to tell the story of the Clone Wars in real time between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. As a fan I loved that approach and it created an incredible build up to the final prequel movie. Here, there's no restrictions and the creative team are free to explore the infinite possibilities of the Star Wars galaxy.



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    The era of The High Republic was chosen 'because it allowed us our own corner of the galaxy,' Soule told The Hollywood Reporter, whilst also allowing the use of established continuity 'if we needed or wanted to.' Indeed, we've already seen an example of this with the recent news that Yoda will be part of Daniel Jose Older's The High Republic Adventures series from IDW.



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    A lot of thought has also been given to the history of the era as Soule revealed that 'we built the history of the era ahead of time, and then wove our stories within it ... There’s very much a plan, and every story big or small has a place within it.' Right now, Soule's place in that plan is to launch everything with Light of the Jedi. The responsibility of launching a new Star Wars era isn't lost on Soule, who told The Hollywood Reporter 'I’m thrilled that I got the opportunity, and I took it very seriously. The scope of Light of the Jedi, and the fact that so much is sort of keyed to it… I’m obviously aware of all of that, and knew it when I took the job. Is it a little intimidating? Sure. But I really think it inspired me to work at my highest level.'



    As discussion moved from the creation of The High Republic to his own novel, Soule teased that what's been revealed so far is only scratching the surface of what they have planned:

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    Whilst Light of the Jedi has a lot to achieve in terms of establishing the characters and setting of this bold new era, Soule has his own goals for the novel, saying that his personal mandate for the book was 'to explore genre in a way we hadn’t directly seen in the franchise' and 'to bring the concepts of Star Wars to places that would feel fresh and cool.' Describing the book he called it a disaster movie, a movie, and a race against time for a team on a mission.

    Discussing the 'Great Disaster' that begins this new Star Wars adventure, Soule revealed that there will be certain key events throughout The High Republic that will  happen at the same time across multiple publishers and stories. 'It's a lot like the way the destruction of the first Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope has been seen from endless angles since it was first depicted in the first film,' Soule said. The 'Great Disaster' is the first of these events, which Soule teased are all mapped out in a document that's presumably being guarded like The Child.

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    And what of the villains? We'll have to wait a bit longer to learn more about the mysterious Nihil. All Soule would say is that he wanted to paint this group of marauders as 'truly frightening', with unique abilities that 'make them very powerful and very dangerous in this era.' The Nihil have no ideology of code, but they do have a 'deep and detailed history' that Soule promises will be explored throughout The High Republic initiative, teasing that 'the Nihil and what they get up to is one of the coolest parts of the whole thing.'



    Honestly, I think this is the most excited I've been for Star Wars expanded universe in a long time! Every interview and excerpt just makes me more eager to dive right in and explore this new era. The scale and potential of this project is just beyond anything we've seen in recent years from Star Wars literature and I am thrilled that the books and comics are getting their own era to explore as this led to some of the best stories in the original Legends universe.



    Star Wars: The High Republic - Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule is due to be released January 5, 2021. You can check out the first chapter now, and make sure you head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read their full interview with Charles Soule.



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    The storytelling initiative sounds so rich, multifaceted, and cool, and I think this just might become my new favorite section of the SW mythos! (Certainly when it comes to novels!)
     
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    The first picture at the top of this thread popped open and I immediately thought of the "Warrior Woman" from Mad Max : The Road Warrior.....

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