A new book – or, an “interactive reading experience” – purports to be Luke Skywalker’s history of the Jedi Order. The Secrets of the Jedi, written by Marc Sumerak, is due out in November. It’ll come with “a pop-up holocron, a translator card, a Jedi equipment booklet, and more.” StarWars.com has the preview pages.
The book incorporates information from all three trilogies, plus The Clone Wars, and “beyond.” (Might some Legends material appear? Well… From a certain point of view.)
“One of the greatest challenges with a book like this is to find a way to bring all of the vital information together in a way that feels fresh and new,” Sumerak says. “For this particular project, I think that unique perspective flows naturally from our beloved narrator, Luke Skywalker. Sure, we all know his epic story by heart, but the Luke who is writing this particular tome is a long way from the optimistic farmboy he was when his journey began. Because of that, he’s able to look past the glorified stories of the Jedi of old to find the truth about the Order, no matter how difficult it may be for those reading to hear. So with that in mind, we were able to examine the different aspects of the Jedi Order from an angle that cut through the ancient legends, allowing us to examine why the Jedi needed to exist, why they were destined to end, and whether or not they could — or should — rise again.”
Given the November release date, I wouldn’t expect too much re: The Rise of Skywalker, or even anything extensive on the OT-ST gap beyond what’s on the last page of the preview, but you never know.
The new shorts, which revisit parts of the saga in bite-sized chunks for kids, have officially debuted on the new official Youtube channel, Star Wars Kids. There are six shorts and three “fun facts”. Watch them on StarWars.com (with commentary from producer Josh Rimes) or below the cut.
The latest set of Forces of Destiny episodes are live now on Youtube. The one with Rey and Finn begins with something very like a cut scene from The Force Awakens, but we’ve also got some offscreen The Last Jedi action with Chewbacca, Artoo and porgs. There’s also the long-awaited solo Padme adventure (set in The Phantom Menace era), and two post-Return of the Jedi Ewok adventures, including the return of the Gorax. Watch them all below.
Disney has announced that we can expect the next set of Forces of Destiny shorts on Monday, March 19. All eight new episodes will debut at 10:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. ET) on Disney’s Youtube and Disney.com. The special will air on the Disney Channel the following Monday (March 25) at 9:50 p.m. ET/PT.
Voices include Mark Hamill (Luke), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Catherine Taber (Padmé) and Matt Lanter (Anakin).