No. Although an excellent book widely considered a fan favorite, Darth Plagueis now falls under the banner of “Legends” — tie-in fiction from the vast Star Wars “Expanded Universe” conceived before Disney bought Lucasfilm and essentially hit the reset button on all those novels, comics and games.
Here is the “new” Star Wars literary canon, as defined by the “Story Group” at Lucasfilm charged with producing official fiction related to the movies and television series set in that Galaxy Far, Far Away.
The character of Darth Plagueis is canon, however, as he was mentioned on screen by Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. This means that the character could conceivably re-enter the core Saga but with a new interpretation — subtly or even wildly different — in the future. There is precedent for this already, with Timothy Zahn’s fan-favorite character of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Here are the Star Wars books that we can definitively say are part of the new Disney canon:
Star Wars book publishing news
There’s a new Poe Dameron novel added to the Star Wars book publishing schedule, plus a Thrawn delay and the mysterious “Project Luminous” will finally be revealed in the next month …
So, Thrawn: The Ascendancy Trilogy Book 1: Chaos Rising has been delayed from its original publishing date of May 5 to Oct. 6 — but there’s going to be a cool special edition with a Chiss-blue spine! (Ed. — On Aug. 18, it was announced the blue pages would be available on all editions of the book.)
Also, to blunt the pain of the Thrawn delay a bit, know you now that the “Dramatis Personae” page of character names and affiliations, a staple of the expansive old “Expanded Universe” before Disney bought Lucasfilm and rebooted the book canon, is returning — and here’s why, straight from the Del Rey editor’s fingertips:
We also found out this week that we’re getting a young Poe Dameron and Zorii Bliss story, classified as YA fiction but c’mon.
And, whatever “Project Luminous” is (Ed. — now known as the “Light of the Jedi” series) — whether it’s an anthology, a series, a celebration of The Empire Strikes Back’s 40th anniversary as some have speculated, or something else entirely — we should know a lot more come Feb. 24:
The first book in the Thrawn: Ascendancy trilogy of Star Wars novels by Timothy Zahn will debut Sept. 1
Oct. 6, 2020, and is titled Book I: Chaos Rising. The cover was revealed Tuesday:
The book will cover Thrawn’s time with his people, the Chiss Ascendancy, before his “exile” to the Empire.
The original release date of May 5, 2020, was previously reported for the novel, which “journeys beyond the edge of the map into the Unknown Regions” from whence Grand Admiral Thrawn emerged. Note the tagline in the tweet: “A long time ago, beyond a galaxy far, far away….” (emphasis added).
The release was later pushed back to Oct. 6:
Looking for the new Star Wars canon books? Look no further …
Originally published April 26, 2014
“You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
That’s right — the die is cast. Disney-owned Lucasfilm has taken a Death Star superlaser to the vast Expanded Universe of Star Wars tie-in literature, consigning your library to a “Legends” label under which they will continue to print
money existing, fan-beloved titles.
Like so much fan fiction, we finally know that they just won’t count anymore. (more…)