Star Wars canon is the official continuity of the Star Wars Saga. The official canon includes all of the Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and novels released in and after September 2014 (beginning with Star Wars: A New Dawn). The official canon does not include the Expanded Universe, which is now considered a separate continuity and referenced under the "Legends" label.
A unified canonEdit
Prior to the announcement that the new Star Wars films would not follow the established Expanded Universe, Lucasfilm treated the canon on a hierarchy system. At the top was George Lucas canon, which included his six Star Wars films as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The next level included the various books, comics, and games that were also considered canon, but that the films and TV series were not obligated to follow. The lowest levels of canon included stories specifically marked as non-canon, which often included "What if?" scenarios.
With the advent of the sequel trilogy and other film and television projects, it was unclear as to whether the Expanded Universe would be kept as part of the film continuity or put aside in favor of new stories. That speculation was put to rest on April 25, 2014 when Lucasfilm officially announced that the new films would not follow the continuity of the Expanded Universe. Although past Expanded Universe stories will still be printed and sold, it will be done so under a new brand called "Legends," indicating that they are not official Star Wars canon.
Future Star Wars books and other non-film and television stories will no longer be considered an Expanded Universe, but rather an official part of the Star Wars canon. Lucasfilm has a story department whose purpose is to ensure that all of the films, TV shows, new books, and more fit together as part of one unified continuity. There will no longer be different levels of canon; new books will be just as canon and official as the Star Wars films and television shows.
Official canon storiesEdit
The following stories are part of the official Star Wars canon, and represent one cohesive Star Wars storytelling universe. Any past Star Wars stories not listed here are Expanded Universe, now known as "Legends," and are not part of the official, unified canon.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VII
- Star Wars Episode VIII
- Star Wars Episode IX
- Spinoff films
Insider magazine fictionEdit
- Blade Squadron (issues #149 and #150)