Spoilers below for The Force Awakens.
That’s General Leia, rather than general Leia, although I would like to see more stories about Leia in general from time to time.
Author Claudia Gray has written a canonical novel called Star Wars: Bloodline, which’ll be connecting a few dots for central character Leia Organa. Setting the story before The Force Awakens, and during a time where Leia has taken up a position on the Senate for the New Republic, this’ll likely play more into the political thriller genre than anything else. Her role as politician seems to be at the fore of the story, although as you’ll have guessed from the cover by a sadly unnamed artist above – family are coming into this one too.
No news on the role that Han or Ben Solo may or not play in the book, although we do know that some of Leia’s struggle in the narrative will come from living in the shadow cast by Darth Vader. It also sounds like she’s going to have to beat up some snotty Imperial-admiring politician doof, too, which should be fun.
Published by Del Rey, the novel will be out May 3, because…. May the Third be with you, I guess?
Beginning next month, glossy-haired third generation overcompensating Sith Apprentice Kylo Ren will start appearing as a costumed character at both Disneyland and the Walt Disney Worlds.
He’ll be appearing in, of course, the new Star Wars areas, which were redeveloped within the parks as part of a Force Awakens branding. Kylo will be joined by Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, and “other Star Wars characters”, which hopefully means Maz Kanata will be popping up somewhere in order to flirt with anybody with a beard. Other TFA concepts to pop up at the STar Wars Launch Bay will include the First Order Star Destroyer and a hidden Resistance base.
For clarity, and because I can never remember either, Disneyland is the one in Paris and the Walt Disney Worlds are in California, Florida and Anaheim… whatever Anaheim is.
Star Wars Rebels, the CGI continuation of a CGI continuation of the third chronological Star Wars film, will feature a guest appearance later this year from one of the most beloved characters from the movies. The twist, however, is that the guest is NOT a character from the prequel movies.
The series is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, meaning it focuses on the fallout of The Clone Wars and the attack which wiped out almost all the Jedi – the infamous Order 66. Only a few Jedi are left, and they’re in hiding, whilst the Imperial forces build up and consolidate their power. In the midst of everything, the Rebel Alliance begin to form up.
And on an episode which’ll air on Disney XD on January 20th, the show will get to bridge the trilogies for the first time, as none other than Princess Leia will make her first appearance in the new, expanded Star Wars continuity. Voiced by Julie Dolan, she’ll mark the first time any of the central three characters have appeared outside of the movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm and cut out the Expanded Universe from canon.
She also joins Darth Vader, who is now a recurring villain for the series, and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series which preceded this one. This is only planned as a one-off for the time being, but it’s another sign of Disney really consolidating the various Marvel properties, and tying them together in a pre-planned, careful manner.