We'll get a chance to find out what happens in the 32-year gap between Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.You heard that right! 20 new Star Wars books will be released this fall to bridge the 32-year gap between Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens in a series called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Each book will be spread across multiple platforms, publishers, and reading levels, filling fans in on the adventures that took place with the original trilogy heroes throughout all that time.
The books will mainly cover a period previously explored in the Expanded Universe novels and graphic novels like Heir to the Empire, Dark Empire, and The New Jedi Order series. Those stories were removed from continuity by Disney to rebuild a more cohesive expanded saga.
Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, concluded:
"The partnership with the story group and the editorial team always had to be true to the sanctity of the film while making sure 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?"
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released by at least seven different publishers, currently including Marvel Comics, Del Rey, and Dorling Kindersley, in addition to Disney's publishing imprints.
Many of the new books are still being worked on, but some are ready to be revealed. Some of the books include a novel starring Han Solo called Smuggler's Run written by Greg Rucka, and starring Princess Leia called Moving Target written by Cecil Castellucci.
The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens books are expected to be released this fall, so you have a few months to get filled in before the December 18th release of Episode VII.