The Star Wars Celebration 2017 is finally here! This weekend, April 13-16, Star Wars mania will take over Florida. The Star Wars Celebration brings together a whole host of actors, writers, producers and more involved with the massive franchise. IMPACT author Doug Chiang will be there along with Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson and many signature Star Wars actors including Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, Felicity Jones, Peter Mayhew, Ian McDiarmid, Alan Tudyk, Billy Dee Williams and more! They have actors from the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the new Rogue One film and the animated series Rebels. It’s going to be one packed weekend!
Personally, I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll give us our first teaser for Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Celebration is the perfect time for that kind of reveal and we are getting closer and closer to that December release date.
If you’re planning to be down at the Celebration make sure you take a look at the available panels and plan out your weekend. There are a ton to choose from. Here’s a list of just a few I think sound really interesting to check out:
40 Years of Star Wars – (April 13th, 11:00am-12:30pm) The perfect kickoff to the event, this panel will be hosted by Warwick Davis and will feature Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Expect a celebration of the series and hopefully some interesting new announcements!
The Growing Galaxy of Women’s Star Wars Fashion – (April 13th, 1:30-2:30)
Smooth Talkin’ With Billy Dee Williams – (April 13th, 2:00-3:00)
Drawing With Katie Cook – (April 13th, 3:00-4:00)
The Music of Rogue One – (April 13th, 3:30-4:30)
Doug Chiang: The Production Design of Rogue One – (April 13th, 4:00-5:00)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – (April 14th, 11:00am-12:30pm)
Designing the Lego Star Wars Galaxy – (April 14th, 1:00-2:00)
Ladies of the Legion: A Woman’s Guide to Star Wars Costuming – (April 14th, 1:30-2:30)
Lucasfilm Publishing Writers’ Roundtable – (April 14th, 4:30-5:30)
Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher – (April 14th, 5:30-6:30)
Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars Tabletop Games – (April 14th, 6:00-7:00)
Behind the Scenes of the Cantina – (April 15th, 2:30-3:30)
Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making – (April 15th, 4:30-5:30)
Looking to learn some cool art from a master Star Wars artist and can’t be at the Celebration? Check out Mechanika Revised and Updated from Doug Chiang. Doug has worked on many of the Star Wars films and has even done work on the video games. You’ll learn how to draw ships, aliens and more in Mechanika.
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