Ending credits from Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter, revealing members of the "Lucasfilm Story Team"

The Lucasfilm Story Group is a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. founded in 2013 that is responsible for keeping track of Star Wars canon in order to assist writers and directors in the development of new stories.[1] As of May 2017, the group comprises eleven individuals.[2] Pablo Hidalgo, an author and creative executive at Lucasfilm, has been part of the Story Group since its creation.

History[edit | edit source]

From left to right:
Hosts of The Star Wars Show, Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni, and members of the Lucasfilm Story Group, Matt Martin, Diana Williams, Steve Blank, Josh Rimes, Rayne Roberts and Leland Chee at Celebration Orlando

The Lucasfilm Story Group began as an initiative from Kathleen Kennedy in 2012. Lucasfilm Vice President Kiri Hart helped form the group as its Development Lead, with the stated goal of abolishing the canon hierarchy system in favor of a single cohesive continuity.[1][3] Lucasfilm Story Group—including Rayne Roberts, Carrie Beck, Diana Williams, Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, and Matt Martin—participated in the making of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter, a digital expansion to the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, being mentioned in the ending credits.[4]

On April 25, 2014, the Lucasfilm Story Group rebooted the Star Wars universe by retiring much of the Expanded Universe storyline and rebranding it as "Star Wars Legends."[5] Besides Lucas' six films, the only previously produced material still considered canon are the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and film, and the standalone comic arc Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, which was based on unproduced scripts from The Clone Wars TV series.[6] All subsequent material produced in collaboration with the Story Group including the Disney XD television series Star Wars Rebels and all novels beginning with A New Dawn are considered part of the new canonical continuity.[7]

Story Group members Carrie Beck and Leland Chee were involved in the production of the 2016 non-canon Disney XD animated series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures to ensure that the show did not contradict the new canon continuity.[8][9]

Author Jason Fry stated that one of the biggest misconceptions regarding the Story Group is that it is omniscient and should somehow be perfect. "Of course there are going to be inconsistencies and slips here and there."[10]

According to author Delilah S. Dawson, the story group tends to encourage content creators to create new elements instead of using pre-existing ones.[11]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ForceCast #273: The Galaxy is Reading. ForceCast.net. Archived from the original on April 12, 2020.
  2. Kamp, David (May 24, 2017). Cover Story: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview. Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on February 21, 2020. Retrieved on May 24, 2017.
  3. Lucasfilm.svg Kiri Hart on Lucasfilm.com (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Chris Taylor, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, p. 409.
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) on Twitter: "@pauldunahoo @rwknopp Star Wars Canon is now determined by the Lucasfilm Story Group which @infinata and I are both a part of." (screenshot)
  6. Facebook icon.svg Dave Filoni on FacebookDave Filoni comments on Son of Dathomir (January 10, 2014). "Happy New Year! You may have seen the recent Clone Wars / Dark Horse Comics news, and I thought I would chime in and clarify things a bit..." (backup link)
  7. StarWars.com The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is more intense than you think. IGN. Archived from the original on April 22, 2020.
  9. StarWars.com SWCE 2016: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Panel Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link)
  10. Mike Cooper (2014-11-14). Jason Fry Keeps Talking To Us: Wired For The Classics. Eleven-ThirtyEight. Archived from the original on June 16, 2020. Retrieved on July 9, 2020.
  11. Spry, Jeff (August 20, 2019). Exclusive preview: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire is 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine in space'. syfy.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2020.
  12. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Live Stream – Day 3 | The Star Wars Show LIVE! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  13. Star Wars 31
  14. TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) on Twitter: "Josh Rimes. His focus is on animation." (backup link)
  15. TwitterLogo.svg Stephen Feder (@stephenfeder) on Twitter
  16. Star Wars Battlefront II
  17. SWYTlogo.png The Star Wars Show Changes Things Up, Plus We Talk With Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  18. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/lucasfilms-diana-williams-joins-gigi-pritzkers-mwm-1092419

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