The next saga of Star Wars movies will reportedly be set hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga, in “The High Republic” era. For the last 42 years, the Star Wars franchise has revolved around the story of the Skywalkers. Through the original trilogy, the prequels, and the sequel trilogy from Disney, they have – in some way – been at the heart of the galaxy far, far away. The release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, though, is the conclusion of that story (at least for now) and leaves the future of the franchise a mystery.
Star Wars just wrapped up a successful first season of The Mandalorian on Disney+, but Lucasfilm and Disney already have release dates staked out for Star Wars films in 2022, 2024, and 2026. Those movies were supposed to be for the new franchise created by Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, but their recent exit left them vacant. Their films were said to focus on the origin of the Jedi, a prequel setting which was a promising start to a new era for Star Wars on paper. Instead of abandoning this premise altogether, it appears a similar approach is still planned.
The High Republic era setting is roughly 400 years before any events in the Skywalker Saga. This reportedly would not just be the setting for a single film, or even a trilogy, but the hope is for an entire series of interconnecting films which will land in that era. All of this is currently unconfirmed.
via Screen Rant