One of the biggest topics of speculation in the run-up to the new Star Wars movie is how it will fit in with the preexisting Expanded Universe. Well, now we have an official answer: It won’t.
Lucasfilm has just issued a statement saying that the entire Expanded Universe is no longer official canon.
This may sound like a pretty brutal decision, but it was unavoidable. Spanning decades of novels, comics, video games, and more, the Expanded Universe is now too vast and complex to tie into a new trilogy of movies that will have to be accessible to new viewers. Until recently the Expanded Universe fleshed out hundreds of sequels to the original trilogy and beyond, but the arrival of Episodes VII to IX inevitably puts a stop to that. After all, LucasFilm was never going to make a big-screen adaptation of a series of tie-in novels published in the 1980s.
Rather than being some kind of epic disaster for old-school fans, this is basically what the big-name superhero comics have been doing for years: hitting the reset button to make way for new stories.
As of now, the official Star Wars canon consists of the six existing movies and the recent Clone Wars TV series. “These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align,” explained the announcement on StarWars.com.