Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced it's plans to launch four new children’s books based on the original “Star Wars” trilogy. The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, written by DiTerlizzi and illustrated with Ralph McQuarrie concept art, will be released in in October 2014. Star Wars: A New Hope by Palacio will be released in April 2015, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Gidwitz in July 2015, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Angleberger in October 2015. It is thought that the new picture series is being released in anticipation of the December 2015 release of “Star Wars: Episode VII”. “Disney Publishing couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to publish these books globally and to work with such an array of celebrated talent,” noted Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “There’s a genuine sense of enthusiasm and affinity that these authors have for this classic material, which makes this collaboration feel fresh, instantly synergistic and effortless.” The new “Star Wars” books will be published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press.