The upcoming "Star Wars" installments which kick off with "Star Wars Episode 7" will not tell the exact same story told in the expanded universe. The new trilogy will be original and draws only some basic elements from George Lucas' material. It means that some characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn and Jacen Solo introduced in "Star Wars" novels, comic books, video games, and TV shows will not make appearance in the upcoming installments.
"For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen," Lucasfilm said. "When he created Star Wars, George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more."