Just as there was for 2015’s The Force Awakens, director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi will see an assortment of books hit newsstands prior to the film’s theatrical release as part of the Journey to The Last Jedi publishing program.
Entertainment Weekly provides us with an exclusive breakdown on how these new titles will connect to the film, with stories involving Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia featured prominently in the program. A new title that will focus on the citizens of the casino world of Canto Bight will also be part of this collection.
As Comic-Con International begins, EW has an exclusive preview about this fall’s full slate of “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novels and storybooks that will contain hints about the upcoming sequel while also seeking to recruit new fans.
“It’s important to explore all areas of the Star Wars universe — the known and the unknown — because all stories matter,” says Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney’s publishing and digital media. “That’s the beauty of Star Wars. There’s one shared universe, so the films connect to the games, which connect to the books, which connect to the animation, and so on. A story told through publishing enriches the larger universe.”
Some of the most ambitious titles are YA books that reveal backstories for classic characters like Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker in their younger days while also containing details and motivations that will turn up in the new film (which will become obvious only after it opens Dec. 15).