While Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still roughly five months away from hitting theaters, fans will be treated to a series of books ahead of the film’s release. Now, Entertainment Weekly has revealed details on upcoming “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novels and storybooks and how they will connect to Episode VIII.
The outlet reports that a series of Young Adult novels will explore the backstories of characters including Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa during their youth. The novels will also feature information and character motivations that will tie into Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
With less time between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi than there was between the former film and Return of the Jedi, creative director of Lucasfilm Publishing Michael Siglain explained how the latest novels will tie into Episode VIII:
“It’s just a different journey than last time. There are still some Easter eggs in a couple of pieces that will make sense after seeing the film. But this one is more thematically tied to The Last Jedi.”
One novel titled The Legends of Luke Skywalker by KenLiu, set to be released in stores on October 31, will present the stories of the titular Jedi as rumors that spread across the galaxy, which Siglain explains will be informative for new fans:
“For kids coming out of that movie, for casual fans coming out of that movie, you hear about Luke Skywalker for that whole film, but you only see him for two seconds at the end. He doesn’t even say anything. This book is a book that goes into some of those stories that were told, some of those legends of Luke Skywalker. Are they true? Well, maybe. Maybe not.”
Leia: Princess of Alderaan will be written by Claudia Gray and will be released on September 1. The novel will depict the teenager years of Leia Organa, but executive vice president of Disney’s publishing and digital media Andrew Sugerman assured fans that the new stories will still contain clues for The Last Jedi:
“As for exploring the ‘long time ago’ aspects, the past informs the future. There are still many unanswered questions, and we’re looking to fill in some, but not all, of those blanks.”
Also due to be released on September 1 is Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma, which Siglain explains will explore the untold past of the titular Stormtrooper Captain:
“You don’t know who this person is. You don’t know what her background is. All you see is that expressionless mask. And so the thought was, well, what if we could shed some light onto who she is. She does have a secret in her past that she guards. And when that secret is threatened to be revealed, what will she do to keep that secret hidden?”
Canto Bright will hit book shelves on December 5 and consists of four stories featuring creatures from the casino world of Canto Bight, as Siglain explains:
“You’re going to follow four different aliens who will lead you through some of the gambling parlors and the racetracks and, you know, just this beautiful, lush city that’s as far from the Episode IV cantina as you can get. This is Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for Star Wars. But looks can certainly be deceiving, and everything isn’t always as beautiful as it seems.”
Finally, young children or those unfamiliar with Star Wars franchise can purchase Star Wars Made Easy, a novel that will introduce readers the history of the franchise.
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Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly