billions of people have grown up with star wars in their lives. this decade, we were reintroduced to that world with star wars: the force awakens (directed by j.j abrams), the beginning of a new trilogy, building a new history after disney basically threw out decades of growth seen in numerous novels, comic books and video games. the current star wars canon essentially just has stories concerning the republic or rebellion fighting the empire. that's fine, but it's also very limiting and not as exciting as some of the stories that have now become a part of star wars legends, the official name for everything that was retconned after disney bought the property.
that's why the recent news that rian johnson is set to direct a whole new trilogy is so exciting. it will feature a new story, with new characters and new places, which means that there's a lot of potential. kathleen kennedy, president of lucasfilm, said, "rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy," and we're compelled to agree. however, we also think that this completely new story should take place in a time many fans are already familiar with: the old republic era.
for those who are really more fans of the films than the world outside of them, the old republic is an era set rougly 4000 years before the events of the current film saga, in a time when the galaxy was ruled by, a the name would suggest, a republic. this era had been vaguely touched upon in several comic books and novels until it became a popular setting after the video game, star wars: knights of the old republic (often shortened to kotor), developed by bioware.
the game, which was released in 2003, introduced several new planets such as the manaan the ocean planet, the ancient lehon and taris, which is pretty much a the poor man's coruscant in more ways than one. it also created grand histories for places that had only been mentioned in the films, such as dantooine, which was first mentioned in star wars: a new hope as a planet that had formerly been used as a rebel base. star wars: kotor showed us that dantooine once had a history as a jedi enclave which protected the settlers of the planet.
dantooine is still in the official star wars canon. it was the setting for multiple episodes in star wars: clone wars as well as star wars: rebels, the latter of which featured yet another planet, malachor, a planet first introduced in star wars: knights of the old republic ii, developed by obsidian. the video game introduced the planet as a world once dominated by the sith and dark jedi, and the canonical animated series seemed to stay faithful to that history, evidenced by its mentioning in the star wars: rebels episode "missing in action" (written by brent friedman).