Rumor: New Star Wars Films Could Take Place Centuries Earlier in the “High Republic Era”


There is new Star Wars rumor swirling around the internet today.

According to “Making Star Wars” the scuttlebutt is that the next Star Wars films could take place 400 years before the Skywalker Saga, in the “High Republic Era.”

Sources are saying the next Star Wars Saga is going to take place during an era called “The High Republic” era.  It sounds like the setting is 400 years before The Skywalker Saga. This new saga is set during a time that the Sith’s “Rule of Two” has been established by Darth Bane, and Yoda is a Jedi, but isn’t the old Jedi we know from the Skywalker era.

It makes sense that Disney would choose a huge time jump either before or after the Skywalker saga. I think they want to pull as far away from the sequel trilogy as possible and not be beholden to a formula, story or even trilogy format.

Kathleen Kennedy has stated:

What we’ve been focused on these last five or six years is finishing that family saga around the Skywalkers. Now is the time to start thinking about how to segue into something new and different.

She also went on to discuss how the format isn’t locked in now and doesn’t have to be in triptych acts.

I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure. We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.

Moving forward Disney wants to do films that would be more stand-alone stories, but would interconnect into each other in various ways. I think this is what they were thinking for the Star Wars Story films, but they stopped after Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t perform. Rogue One however did do well.

I know that the Game of Thrones guys D.B Weiss and David Benioff, were talking about doing movies in the time of the Old Republic before they stepped down from their Star Wars deal. So it makes sense that Disney could continue down this path. It was a good idea. talked about the rumor and mentioned that Darth Bane would be a leading character and Yoda would also be in it as an “active Jedi” and not just the elderly figure from most of the Skywalker saga.

The report speculates that the setting would be about 400 years before the Skywalker Saga. Darth Bane would be a big figure and Yoda is active as a Jedi, but not as the wizened old figure fans would recognize from the adventures previously seen in the franchise.“-

I don’t know if this would all work.

If that rumor is true, Darth Bane supposedly lived a millennium before the Skywalker Saga. He’s credited with establishing the “Rule of 2” that gave us the Master and Apprentice dynamic we saw in the Skywalker saga and some of the cartoon shows.  I’m not sure how this would work, unless he’s a type of “apparition” which is how he appeared to Yoda in sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (Fun fact, he was voiced by Mark Hamill.)

He was also the subject of a Star Wars Legends book Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn back in 2007. Which goes along with another rumor that Disney is going to try to go with more of the Legends characters.

Yoda of course was 900 years old when he passed away so him being in a “High Republic” setting would make complete sense and would tie the films to the 9 episode saga we know today.

At this point it’s all speculation and rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.

Personally I could see them going to The Old Republic 400 years prior. I can see them using Yoda, especially as a tie in to background information with The Mandalorian’s quest to learn more about “The Child” character.” But we will just have to wait and see!

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Sources: Making Star Wars,, Wikipedia


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