Today it was announced that Star Wars Expanded Universe was being re-branded as the Star Wars Legends line. It was further announced that a new publishing program would be taking the Expanded Universe’s place and would be integrated into a cohesive continuity with the original six films, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and the new films.
The first book in this new publishing program will feature characters from Star Wars Rebels, Hera Syndull and Kanan Jarrus.
The first novel to benefit from this deeper collaboration is Star Wars: A New Dawn, by bestselling author John Jackson Miller. Set prior to the events of the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, this novel tells the story of how two of the lead characters of the series, Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla, came to cross paths. To tell this important backstory, Miller benefited from contact with series executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman, who together ensured this tale will be part of the Star Wars canon of storytelling going forward. It is scheduled for hardcover and eBook release on September 2, 2014.
Author John Jackson Miller took to his blog after the announcement was made to talk a little about the novel:
The novel (my first Star Wars work since Kenobi) is set several years after Star Wars: Episode III — and several years before the upcoming animated television series Star Wars: Rebels. As you can see from the cover, two of the main characters of that series, Kanan and Hera, have major roles in the book. This is the first novel integrating input from the Lucasfilm Story Group, which manages story concepts across all media, and so in addition to working with Random House’s team I both got inspiration and feedback from the series’ executive producers, Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, as well as Pablo Hidalgo, Jennifer Heddle, and Leland Chee.
A New Dawn is a rollicking adventure set in the darkest days of the galaxy, when even the thought of organized resistance to the Empire seems an impossible fantasy. But as our characters find, one doesn’t always get to decide when the best time is to act. And set as it is during the Imperial period, A New Dawn gave me the opportunity to explore a variety of topics, including how the Empire manages to grow so quickly, injecting itself into all spheres of individual life. I really enjoyed writing it! And I love finally getting to work with Doug Wheatley, who did the cover!
We are very excited that this new era of Star Wars publishing will kick off into high gear with author John Jackson Miller spinning a Star Wars Rebels tale.