Disney has announced release dates for three Star Wars movies after The Rise of Skywalker, with the first scheduled for December 16, 2022.
With Star War: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker writing an end to the Sequel Trilogy and the nine-movie 'Skywalker Saga,' the future of Star Wars will have to stake out new territory in the Star Wars timeline. New rumors and leaks point to big plans for a previously unexplored era in the Star Wars galaxy—called the High Republic—and a much younger (not a baby) Yoda.
According to the rumors, the future of Star Wars is fully entangled with an ambitious publishing project announced at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. Called Project Luminous, the publishing initiative unites Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing and Marvel for interconnecting novels, stories and comics.
Authors for the project have been announced, but no plot details have yet been revealed—except a cryptic tagline: "The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things... Until..."
Charles Soule, author of the recently relaunched Marvel Star Wars comic series and one of the writers working on Project Luminous, called it a "massive Star Wars event" in an April blog post and described the involvement of the Lucasfilm Story Group: the internal team that manages the unwieldy Star Wars continuity.
New leaks suggest Project Luminous is much more than just Star Wars books, but also a plan for the cinematic universe, outlining a new path for Star War movies much more similar to the Marvel Studios approach.
According to Ziro and Making Star Wars, Project Luminous stories take place approximately 400 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, in an era called the High Republic. It is this period that Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were developing, until they parted ways with Lucasfilm.
In one leaked plotline, a group of Jedi explore the Unknown Regions of the galaxy, where the Sith planet of Exegol is located. Stories set in the High Republic are rumored to expand on both the mythology of the Sith and introduce Force wielders with different and unique abilities.
Though set well before the events of the original Star Wars, the new High Republic movies won't be completely alien. According to leaks given to Making Star Wars from unnamed sources, upcoming High Republic movies will include a much younger Yoda as part of the era's Jedi Order. Since Yoda was born approximately 900 years before the Battle of Endor, he'd be about 500 years old in the era of the High Republic—instead of Baby Yoda, we may get some insight into Midlife Crisis Yoda.
While the leaks don't specify whether specific plot points will appear in books or upcoming Star Wars movies, the overall project is meant to be as connected as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with multiple individual stories eventually culminating in Avengers-like team-up stories. This would mean Lucasfilm is abandoning the trilogy model that has previously defined Star Wars movies.
In addition to books, comics and the 2022 movie, a 2021 Star Wars video game is also rumored to be set in the High Republic era.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which profiled Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in November, the December 2022 Star Wars movie will be officially announced later this month.