The news of this happening has been floating around within Lucasfilm since at least 2010, when Ain't It Cool news initially broke the story. Now, of course, we don't know anything about the story yet, but the timeframe of the time between the release of Episode VI in 1983 and the proposed release date of Episode VII (32 years, plus the three years between ANH and ESB) almost matches up with the actual amount of time that has passed in the EU at large, and the actors as they are now can most certainly play the role of the 40 ABY + versions of their characters. Now, I admit I haven't read any EU literature that takes place after the peace treaty that ended the Galactic Civil War. However, lately, hasn't there been a relatively large amount of deaths of MAJOR EU created characters? So far, we have: Mara Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus Admiral Pellaeon Lumiya And so on. Most assumed that the EU was going to restructure itself to retire the major characters we've grown to love over the past twenty years, but now, with the announcement of the sequel trilogy, and assuming they aren't just going to retcon the post ROTJ EU entirely, are they actually just cutting out all the fat to allow for a generally stable continuity within those films' timeframe? We still have an entire century to work with between Fate of the Jedi and Legacy of the Force.