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June 18, 2018 1:28 am

Chewbacca Lives! The Hunt For a Firm Star Wars Plot Continues


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article detailing one of the possibilities of the plot of the next installment in the Star Wars movie franchise. It included details of what the movie could be like, if the book series that grew up around it was used. This included the introduction of a new and powerful enemy, as well as the projected loss of one of the most well-known figures in the franchise, Chewbacca.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, I was dead wrong.

Granted, the actual plot is still pretty much up in the air, with only circulating rumors currently feeding the fires of speculation. However, an important announcement was made that put the possibility of the existing books factoring into the new movies firmly out of reach.

This announcement by Lucasfilm, the company created by Star Wars creator George Lucas, was that the content found in the EU (Expanded Universe) was not canon. This means that only the original films, the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels are considered solid and immutable in regards to the franchise’s overall continuity.

I am a true addict of the Expanded Universe, and seeing the possibility of its inclusion in the film franchise float out of reach is pretty disappointing. The sheer range that the stories in the Expanded Universe contain is breathtaking. These include


plots ranging from the aftermath of the Empire’s crumble, the introduction of more than one new and evil species and the fall of prominent Jedi to the Dark Side. To learn that none of these storylines will make their way into a blockbuster film is displeasing to say the least.

However, I do understand the logic behind it, at least to some extent. Secrecy is one of the most important factors in promoting a movie of this caliber, especially after the debacle that was the most recent movies (Jar Jar Binks anyone?). Having a movie that continued with the Expanded Universe would rule out the secrecy altogether, thus tanking an invaluable marketing tool.

Now that we know what the movie will not be about, the next step is to gather all of the rumors and innuendo and figure out the most probable of directions the plot will take. However, given the fact that doing so will mean a great deal of detail, you will just have to wait until my next installment in this series leading up to the final release date of Star Wars Episode VII on December 18th, 2015.

Amelia River

A blogger about movie news and celeb gossip! Movie reviews, featured stories, and film industry trends are my specialties!