Star Wars Trilogy Story Speculation. The storylines for Star Wars: Episode 7, Star Wars: Episode 8, and Star Wars: Episode 9 are unknown at this point but The Thrawn Trilogy, Dark Empire, and New Jedi Order are the top points of interest by Star Wars fans after the recent The Walt Disney Company purchase of LucasFilm. The Thrawn Trilogy seems to be the top choice by fans but New Jedi Order seems to be the most logical choice because of the original actors’ ages.
Here are the storylines for The Thrawn Trilogy, Dark Empire, and New Jedi Order:
The Thrawn Trilogy
The Thrawn trilogy, also known as the Heir to the Empire trilogy, is a series of best-selling novels written by Timothy Zahn. The novels are set in the Expanded Universe of the Star Wars galaxy approximately five years after the events depicted in the film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The series introduced many notable characters, such as Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the more notableExpanded Universe villains.
As the first book opens, the Rebellion, now known as the New Republic, is still fighting to mop up final Imperial resistance and set up a functional government. Out in the fringes of the galaxy, the most brilliant of all the hand-picked Grand Admirals is gaining strength and preparing to attack the New Republic. After convincing a Dark Jedi to join his side, Grand Admiral Thrawn is confident of his victory.
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Timothy Zahn, author of the Heir to the Empire trilogy of books, updated his Facebook saying he has not been contacted by Disney or Lucasfilm. But he also points out that they would not need to ask his permission.
Dark Empire is a Star Wars comic book metaseries produced by Dark Horse Comics. It consists of a six-issue limited serieswritten by Tom Veitch and drawn by Cam Kennedy (Dark Empire I), followed by a second six-issue limited series by Veitch and Kennedy (Dark Empire II) and a two-issue limited series written by Veitch and drawn by Jim Baikie (Empire’s End).
The “Dark Empire Trilogy” follows the post-trilogy adventures of the main characters from the original Star Wars franchise…Dark Empire is also notable as being the first Star Wars comic to spin directly out of the events of Timothy Zahn’s ”Grand Admiral Thrawn” trilogy, which officially explored the post-movie fates of the main characters of the Star Wars films.
The story deals with the return of the villainous Palpatine, having successfully cheated death by becoming a spirit entity that is “reincarnated” through cloning technology. Other themes include Luke Skywalker temporarily succumbing to the Dark Side of theForce, the official return of Boba Fett (who had seemingly died after being swallowed by the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi), and the first appearance of Princess Leia and Han Solo’s son, Anakin Solo.
The New Jedi Order
The series begins twenty-one years after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star. The New Republic is facing internal conflict while trying to maintain peace. A new, powerful enemy, known as the Yuuzhan Vong, emerges from the outer galaxy, beginning what will be known as the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. The Jedi, along with the New Republic, struggle to resist this new alien race while it steadily pushes forward, annihilating or occupying different parts of the galaxy.
Speculation on New Jedi Order:
It’s a harrowing series, the characters’ are old enough to allow the original cast to reprise their roles, and there’s a lot of drama coming from several big characters dying over the story arc. However, it’s a little darker than the original trilogy, so it might not be what Disney is looking for right now.
As I stated earlier, The Thrawn Trilogy, Dark Empire, and New Jedi Order will not be used for Star Wars: Episode 7, Star Wars: Episode 8, and Star Wars: Episode 9, verified by ”LucasFilm and other sources close to the picture [. T]hey say: Definitely not. ‘It’s an original story,’…In other words, forget the Star Wars novels. Forget the graphic novels. Forget everything you think you know about what happens to Luke Skywalker. According to my sources, Episode 7 will literally be nothing you’ve ever seen or read before from the Star Wars universe.”
There have actually been eyes on the new trilogy (and its direction) that have spoken about it:
Dale Pollock, author of Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas,…claims [George Lucas] allowed him to read the outlines for his originally planned twelve part story. He says, “It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’” Of course, a lot has changed between then. Pollock also notes they feature a Luke Skywalker in his 30s or 40s, so that might not allow Mark Hamill to come back.
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