Star Wars To Get Books Ahead Of Film

Lucasfilm have announced plans for at least twenty “Star Wars”-related books to hit shelves this year. The book range, which includes adult and teen-centric novels along with story and sticker books, are said to detail events in the thirty-two year gap between “Return of the Jedi” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

As previously reported, Disney and Lucasfilm have started over with the franchise’s official ‘canon’ so “Star Wars” related literature published from this point on is officially canon. Disney Publishing Worldwide executive VP Andrew Sugerman says:

“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.

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?”

Confirmed titles include Del Rey’s “Star Wars: Aftermath,” Marvel Comics’ “Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens”, Cecil Castellucci’s Leia-centric “Moving Target,” Jason Fry’s Luke-centric “The Weapon of a Jedi,” Greg Rucka’s “Smuggler’s Run” which focuses on Han Solo, Claudia Gray’s “Lost Stars,” several novels retelling the original trilogy from the perspective of supporting characters, and “The Lords of the Sith” which boasts Moff Mors, the first LGBT character in canon.