Entertainment Weekly has the scoop today on details of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” series of books coming our way in the next few months, and how they will fit in with the film when it’s released in December. Also announced is a collection of four short stories about the newest location in the Star Wars universe, Canto Bight.
As Comic-Con International begins, EW has an exclusive preview about this fall’s full slate of “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novels and storybooks that will contain hints about the upcoming sequel while also seeking to recruit new fans.
“It’s important to explore all areas of the Star Wars universe — the known and the unknown — because all stories matter,” says Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney’s publishing and digital media. “That’s the beauty of Star Wars. There’s one shared universe, so the films connect to the games, which connect to the books, which connect to the animation, and so on. A story told through publishing enriches the larger universe.”
Some of the most ambitious titles are YA books that reveal backstories for classic characters like Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker in their younger days while also containing details and motivations that will turn up in the new film (which will become obvious only after it opens Dec. 15).
This YA novel about Leia Organa’s teenage years is being written by Claudia Gray, who explored the character’s middle age as a post-Return of the Jedi politician grappling with insurgency and the public revelation she is Darth Vader’s daughter in last year’s adult novel Bloodline.
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Delilah S. Dawson’s new novel (out Sept. 1) will go beneath the chrome armor of The First Order’s most merciless Stormtrooper.
This collection of four short stories will focus on creatures from the glamorous casino world of Canto Bight, described as the galactic version of Monaco. The book, which hits stores on Dec. 5, will be written by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller.
With the eighth film in the saga, a stand-alone spin-off, and two animated TV shows (not to mention all the books and comics), the sheer volume of Star Wars lore might be intimidating to newcomers.
This guide by former EW writer Christian Blauvelt is meant as a primer for little kids (or adults who peaced-out on this article around the time we wrote, “Did Luke Skywalker actually take down 20 AT-ATs in the Battle of Hoth ?”)
You can read more about these books on EW.com.
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