Thought that too before I read my first book. I was pleasantly surprised though. You can't tell me for instance that after seeing Episode III you wouldn't want to know the story of Darth Plagueis.
Han Solo as Roddick sounds like a good pick.
Tomic could be the young version of Anakin. Perfectly arrogant.
A lot of people hold that view, to be honest. As much as I love Star Wars, I'm not sure if I have the time anymore to keen up on the extended universe. Are the stories still authentic?
Yeah, Tomic is Episode II Anakin.