Star Wars: Aftermath - New Novel Will Explore Events After Return of the Jedi

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 3:17PM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 3:17PM
Last week we learnt that no fewer than 20 new Star Wars comics and books would take us on the The Journey to The Force Awakens, and today Star Wars has announced details on one of the first titles to be released in the series. Star Wars: Aftermath, from Chuck Wendig, will explore the events that occur in the wake of the Rebel Alliance's victory over Palpatine's Imperial forces on Endor. 

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi closes with widespread celebrations on the forest moon (and across the galaxy if you watch the remastered version), but 'Aftermath' will address what happens as the dust settles and a new government is formed. Despite the fact that it meant the freeing hundreds of planets and billions of beings from Imperial rule, not everyone welcomes the rebel victory. In Aftermath, it looks like we'll finally get to see how the Rebel Alliance filled the power vacuum left by the defeated Empire.

Author, Chuck Wendig, spoke to about what it means to a life-long Star Wars fan to get the chance to write a story, which is so crucial to the overall scope of this massive franchise. 

"My earliest - and still one of my best - movie-going experiences as a kid was being a four-year-old watching The Empire Strikes Back at a drive-in theater with my sister…My jaw dropped and I don't think I've found it, yet," said Wendig."Those movies opened up a world for me, and my love of storytelling comes from them and from the galaxy of smaller, connected stories, too - from the toys to the games to the books. In fact, one of the first novels I ever read was the novelization of A New Hope. I have a son who will in a few short months be my age when I saw Empire, so to be involved with the Star Wars universe just as the new film is coming out - it feels like not only something akin to kismet, but a great and powerful privilege."

(Credit: Del Rey)

Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath is the first in a trilogy of new novels, which will help to fill in the 30 year gap between the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Jen Heddle, Senior Editor of Lucas Books, revealed on that Wendig's novel will introduce readers to a whole new generation of Star Wars characters, which means it's incredibly likely that this is our first glimpse at some of the new Star Wars Trilogy's key players.

Star Wars: Aftermath hits shelves in September 2015.
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