Yesterday it was announced that the Expanded Universe of Star Wars would be kicked to the corner, but Disney and Lucas Film are jumping right into creating new EU content and have shared the first four novels to be published.
The first of the four new novels will set audiences up for the coming Star Wars Rebels animated television show set to premiere this fall. Star Wars: A New Dawn will follow Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla as they cross paths and tell backstories leading up to the show. Check the full press release about this book:
The first novel to benefit from this deeper collaboration is Star Wars: A New Dawn, by bestselling author John Jackson Miller. Set prior to the events of the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, this novel tells the story of how two of the lead characters of the series, Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla, came to cross paths. To tell this important backstory, Miller benefited from contact with series executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman, who together ensured this tale will be part of the Star Wars canon of storytelling going forward. It is scheduled for hardcover and eBook release on September 2, 2014.
The next three books will focus on Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and, get this, Grand Moff Tarkin. The Luke focused novel (Heir to the Jedi) and the Darth focused novel (Lords of the Sith) are set to release early in 2015. We will be able to read about Tarkin a bit earlier though as Tarkin will be released November 11th.
What do you think about this announcement? Will you be looking to pick any of these up in the future? Give your thoughts in the comments below.