Star Wars is a beloved franchise that has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world. With its rich lore and fascinating characters, it’s no wonder that people are so passionate about this epic space saga. However, with so many different movies, TV shows, and books out there, it can be hard to keep track of what is considered canon and what isn’t.
What is Canon?
Canon refers to the official continuity of a particular story or universe. In other words, it’s the accepted version of events that are considered “real” within the context of that world. For Star Wars, this means that anything labeled as “canon” is considered part of the official storyline established by Lucasfilm.
The Original Trilogy
The original Star Wars trilogy – A New Hope (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) – are all considered canon. These films established the core storyline and introduced iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and more.
The Prequel Trilogy
The prequel trilogy – The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005) – are also part of the Star Wars canon. These films explored the backstory of Anakin Skywalker and revealed how he ultimately became Darth Vader.
The Sequel Trilogy
The sequel trilogy – The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – are all considered canon as well. These films introduced new characters like Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and more while also bringing back classic favorites like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
In addition to the mainline trilogies, Lucasfilm has also produced several anthology films that are considered part of the canon. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the Death Star plans, while Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) explores the backstory of Han Solo.
TV Shows and Books
In addition to the films, Lucasfilm has also produced several TV shows and books that are considered part of the official Star Wars canon. This includes animated shows like The Clone Wars and Rebels as well as novels like Bloodline and Aftermath.
It’s worth noting that not everything in the Star Wars universe is considered canon. Prior to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, there was a vast array of books, comics, and other media that were considered part of what was known as the “Expanded Universe” or “EU.” However, after Disney took over, they decided to wipe the slate clean and establish a new canon for all future Star Wars content.
That being said, many elements from the EU have since been reintroduced into the new canon in various forms. For example, Grand Admiral Thrawn – a popular character from several EU novels – was reintroduced in Rebels.
In summary, every one of the mainline Star Wars movies – including both trilogies and all three anthology films – are considered part of the official canon established by Lucasfilm. In addition to these films, there are also several TV shows and books that are considered part of this continuity as well. While there is still plenty of non-canon material out there in terms of books and comics from before Disney bought Lucasfilm, it’s important to remember that all official future content will be based on this new canon moving forward.