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New “Star Wars” novels will retell Original Trilogy


If you think you know the Star Wars trilogy, think again.

Disney and LucasFilm Press announced that they will be releasing novel adaptions of the original Star Wars trilogy, but with a new take on the familiar stories. Starting September 22nd, new adaptions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

According to the official news release from, “these are fresh interpretations — true to the films but filtered through each author’s vision. In each novel, the authors get inside the characters’ heads, tell us about the scenes between the scenes, and even teach us how to be a Jedi.”

The novels will be called The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (adaption of A New Hope) by Alexandra Bracken, So You Want to Be a Jedi (The Empire Strikes Back) by Adam Gidwitz, and Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (Return of the Jedi) by Tom Angleberger.

There have already been adaptions of the original trilogy, specifically the adaptions that were published when the films originally were released. These new interpretations are most likely to expand the new canon of the Star Wars universe since all the Expanded Universe materials have been declared non-canon. With the news that the newest Marvel Star Wars comic drops a bombshell about Han Solo having a wife during the movies, perhaps we’ll get more in depth information about that relationship.

You can check out a PDF excerpt of The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy for an idea of what these books will be like.

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