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"Star Wars" isn't just the six existing movies; the space saga has branched out to comics, novels, animated series, and video games.

But when it comes to "canon," the six movies and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" is it. Lucasfilm announced today the new sequels and standalone movies will have no connection to the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe. It's not a surprise, but just a confirmation that director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are free to create new characters and storylines, without feeling hampered by the EU.

Not only that, from now on, Lucasfilm will maintain complete control over "all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward," according to the press release.

"Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's direction, the company, for the first time ever, has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development."

But before fans moan and groan, the Expanded Universe isn't being completed thrown out. "Demand for past tales of the Expanded Universe will keep them in print, presented under the new Legends banner," the release states. Lucasfilm also notes that future stories can include elements of the EU, just as animated series "Star Wars Rebels" is doing.

The biggest downside to this news? It brings a screeching halt to the all the speculation over the plot of "Star Wars: Episode VII." Back to the theory drawing board!