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7 Reasons 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Sticking to the Expanded Universe Would Be Terrible

By Julia Emmanuele, Hollywood Staff

The announcement that Peter Mayhew, the actor behind everyone's favorite co-pilot Chewbacca, was set to reprise his role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII (via The Hollywood Reporter) stirred up some outrage. Not from anti-Wookiee hate groups, but from die hard fans who feared that the upcoming movie would be contradicting the Expanded Universe. The Star Wars novel Vector Prime killed off Chewbacca during the Yuuzhan Vong War, 21 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and about a decade prior to those that we'll see in Episode VII. As such, the Expanded Universe canon is being abandoned (or, at least, treated as optional) which has a lot of longtime devotees upset.

But, honestly, this is probably a good thing. After all, there are plenty of ridiculous conceits from the EU that would come off pretty terrible were they to take form in J.J. Abrams' upcoming feature film. Here are a few reasons we're kind of relieved that he's not paying the literature's canon much mind...