While the Star Wars expanded universe may have been declared non-canon, that doesn’t mean there’s an end to the novelizations yet. And while the old novels may not lead the classic trilogy into the upcoming The Force Awakens, it seems these upcoming books will.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced 20 upcoming books, which will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. They’ll be released through its various creative teams and media, so there will be plenty to read and follow for those dedicated to it.
From the announcements, we’ll be seeing Star Wars: Aftermath, which follows the events after the original trilogy’s end, as well as novels showing the first three movies from the perspectives of side characters, as well as a prequel comic to The Force Awakens. We can also expect books featuring the main characters on solo adventures (pun not intended): Moving Target, featuring Princess Leia, The Weapon of a Jedi for Luke, and Smuggler’s Run with Han Solo.
“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 VP 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?”
We can look forward to all these and more when the book series are released later this year. While they lead us up to The Force Awakens in December, we’ll have more Star Wars: Rebels to keep fans happy, and plenty of comics to keep track of as well.