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Rumor: New ‘Star Wars’ Films Will Integrate With Cartoons, Novels, Comics


Each day seems to bring a new Star Wars rumor, from plot details to actors’ roles to Stormtrooper designs, but this might be the most intriguing — a certainly furthest-reaching — one yet.

According to Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, an anonymous Lucasfilm employee contends that, with the upcoming films, “We’re going to redefine longform storytelling.” A bold boast, certainly, but what does it mean?

For starters, the new trilogy is being plotted out in advance, rather than it being treated like a relay race, with J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasden handing off plot threads to Rian Johnson, and so on. It’s a first for the franchise.

More importantly, however, Faraci reports the over-arching story will reach beyond the core movies, weaving through cartoons (at the moment, just Star Wars Rebels), novels and comic books — in his words, “making every piece of side story count.” While audiences won’t have to read every book or watch every animated episode  into order to follow the films, they’ll apparently be rewarded if they do.

That interconnection might add credence to the recent rumor that the Empire’s Jedi-hunting Inquisitors introduced in Star Wars Rebels will play a central role in Episode VII.

Formerly an admitted skeptic of the new trilogy, Faraci says he’s been won over by this new information. His full report is worth reading.


  • JayStrang

    This was stated explicitly by Lucasfilm many months ago.

    Is there a reason everyone is hanging on Devin’s every word all of a sudden? You do recognize vague rumor mongering when you see it, don’t you?

  • DaMak

    I don’t get why this is a “RUMOR” when the studio stated that All Games, Novels, Television Shows (Which includes Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars: Rebels), ect… As of 2014 will be considered G-Canon (Whatever that means).

  • Andrew L.

    Everything old is new again. Anyone remember the Star Wars Expanded Universe? Films, novels, Dark Horse Comics and Gendy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars, all in the same continuity.

  • Patrick Keely

    In the Fate of the Jedi novel series they did make reference to the Clone Wars animated series and it actually became a major plot point. It was the episode where Anakin was supposed to provide balance to the Force and met the embodiments of the Dark Side and Light Side of the Force.

  • Dan

    Rumor? Disney announced this months ago. Top notch reporting there guys.

  • Michael Smalley

    G-Canon is the top level of SW canon – that which is explicitly stated as official by Lucas.

  • Florence Burt

    fffffg hyuji lol