There is a large gap of time from the end of Return of the Jedi to the beginning of The Force Awakens, around 30 years. According to Entertainment Weekly, this fall will see at least 20 new books published that will tell stories and fill the gap between those two movies. The books will cover a wide range of ages, giving some extra material for fans of all ages.
With the new trilogy on the horizon, and to avoid being chained to the large amount of canon from the expanded universe, LucasFilm had previously announced that all of the expanded universe material would be considered outside of canon so this new trilogy could start fresh. As such, this new series of books called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will span multiple publishers and also includes material from Marvel Comics.
“The Force Awakens is an extraordinarily, heavily guarded storyline. To track it, a lot of top-secret meetings were happening up in San Francisco as we worked through this program,” says Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “The partnership with the story group and the editorial team always had to be true to the sanctity of the film while making sure that we find these moments to introduce hints, clues, and puzzle pieces. Without revealing what those pieces are, it will just allow readers to speculate about the new film: What could a location mean, or what could a character mean?”
Many of the books are still not finished and most details are still secret. One of the confirmed titles is Star Wars: Aftermath, which sounds like it might take place immediately after the end of Return of the Jedi. Other confirmed titles are Moving Target, Weapon of the Jedi, Lost Stars, and Smuggler’s Run. Marvel is printing one prequel called Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens as well as another story told from the perspective of C-3PO.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18.
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