What is Del Rey's "Project Luminous" and how will it impact Star Wars?
Updated: Apr 28
Project Luminous is an upcoming project being worked on by Cavan Scott, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Daniel José Older, and Justina Ireland. It will be released in 2020. That is all we know. That's it. I mean, I've uncovered a bit more and speculated a bit. LETS DO THIS!
In Star Wars, fans recognize the use of luminous from a conversation, more of a lesson, between Yoda and Luke in Empire Strikes Back. “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter," Yoda says to a defeated Luke. “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you, hmm? And well you should not, for my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it. Makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Everywhere. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere.” More recently, you have seen "luminous" used for t-shirts and stickers over at Black Series Rebels. They crush the merch game.
But what does "Project Luminous," even mean. Fans are told this is a code name. When one considers what "Project Luminous," could explore, it's acceptable for the mind to go to the lore of the Force. Many fans crave an exploration of the Force's origins and it's max potential with a Force user who allows him or herself to truly be an ally with it.
To be fair, it is popular opinion that the movie trilogy, or 3 films written by Benioff and Weiss, could explore the origins of the Force connected to the birth of the Sith and the Jedi. People want answers but there is wisdom to that less is more mantra. That said, you look at the team on "Project Luminous," and invested readers of Star Wars content will damn near accept anything this group creates. Their accomplishments and reputations in the community are all highly regarded.
All involved on the project have been tight lipped, however, writer Charles Soule discussed on his website that he got involved in the summer of 2018. He described Skywalker Ranch as to "literally be heaven-on-earth for creative types."
"Back then (summer 2018), this was just called the All-Star Initiative – which was fun to be a part of, believe me." Soule explained. "We needed a story, to flesh the thing out beyond just project parameters… and so we got to go to one of the most beautiful and creatively inspiring places I’ve ever been: Skywalker Ranch."
However, is it possible a hint was dropped in Cavan Scott's audio drama Dooku: Jedi Lost? Here's the tweet.
Now this latest demonstration of witchcraft isn't the first exposure Star Wars fans have experienced in storytelling. Most memorable is Mother Talzin and the nightsisters in Dave Filoni's 2008 "Clone Wars" series where the Dathomirian females rehabilitate a broken Darth Maul. By broken, I mean he had these insane spider legs into these two prehistoric vibe legs. I still don't understand how those legs were created in the first place. Maybe Maul had a tech degree.
Most if not all the reaction to "Project Luminous," is mirrored in this fan's tweet.
What subject matter do you think will be explored in "Project Luminous," in 2020? Is there a case made that the Force truly will have a significant influence on the story? Let us know in the comments below!