The “Star Wars” franchise plans to dive into its first storyline outside of the Skywalker Saga with “The High Republic,” a series of novels and comic books set almost 200 years before the prequel trilogy in the galaxy far, far away.

  • That said, the series will have a surprising connection to the sequel trilogy.

“The High Republic” will be an all-new story centered around the Jedi Knights when they were in their prime. As I’ve explained before, the series will show Jedis almost like Knights of the Round Table and cowboy outlaws.

Charles Soule, one of the co-creators of “The High Republic” told in a recent interview that the San Tekka clan will have a lot of power in the old galaxy, representing another “power player” next to the Jedi.

“Once just a family of hard-scrabble hyperspace prospectors seeking valuable routes in the outer reaches of the galaxy,” he said, “the San Tekka clan has become a dynasty, at the forefront of technologies and techniques that let Chancellor Lina Soh’s great galactic Republic continue to expand safely to new areas. Overseen by scions Marlon and Vellis San Tekka, the clan operates in close conjunction with the Republic, and becomes crucial to its response to the Great Disaster. But the San Tekkas have a secret … their rise did not come without cost.”

Why this sounds familiar:

  • The opening scene of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” introduced audiences to Lor San Tekka, who handed Poe Dameron a map to help find Luke Skywalker. Kylo Ren killed Lor San Tekka at the end of the scene.
  • Lor San Tekka’s backstory is told in some comic book material, including the “Rise of Kylo Ren” comic series, which shows Luke Skywalker, Ben Solo and Lor San Tekka together.