Aside from movie releases, this is probably the most wonderful time of the year for Star Wars fans. It’s Celebration time!
In case you are unaware, Star Wars’ celebration has become Star Wars’ version of ComicCon. Cosplay, actor interviews, new movie introductions, and much more. I myself am not so interested in the interviews and the “panels” where the actors simply talk about being in the movies. That seems boring and doesn’t move the needle for me.
The first panel of the day was one of those as Star Wars 40 featured appearances and commentary by the actors and even George Lucas himself. I paid a little bit of attention to this but once again it simply didn’t hold my attention.
However, there were some pretty interesting things to come out of some of the other panels today. As a big fan of the Rebels and Clone Wars animated series I was particularly interested in what would come of “Dave Filoni: Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates”. I was especially interested in this with the rumors of a new animated series to be in the works.
While Filoni did not comment on a new series, he did talk about two very interesting theories according to IGN’s Eric Goldman. Having already mentioned that we had not seen the last of Ahsoka Tano last year at Star Wars Celebration, Goldman says that Filoni implied that Tano will come again in season four of Rebels.
Not only that, but Goldman mentions that Filoni teased that we will be seeing original clone troopers Wolfe and Gregor again at some point in season four of Rebels. Filoni also teased a new look at an older Rex in season four wearing gear similar to what the rebel forces wore during the Battle of Endor.
One of the biggest news pieces to come out of Celebration so far is the news that Billy Dee Williams will not be in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In his panel “Smooth Talking with Billy Dee Williams”, Billy Dee Williams crushed all of the rumors of him being apart of the movie and the potential of him somehow being involved with Finn by telling us that he will not be a part of the latest Skywalker saga movie.
While I am sure that this is heartbreaking to some fans of his, I am not so sure he would have added much to the movie and in an already loaded cast, I’d prefer them not to overload the movie too much.
The passing of Carrie Fisher in December was unexpected and sudden. It rocked Star Wars fans to their core and changed the dynamic of the Star Wars cinematic universe. With the first public Star Wars even since the untimely and tragic passing, a touching tribute was played during the 40th Anniversary Panel today. You can find the tribute below.
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 13, 2017
Earlier in the week, it was confirmed that Carrie will be returning in the ninth installment of the Skywalker Saga. This was confirmed by Dork Side of the Force’s David Harris.
Last Jedi Trailer and Battlefront 2
Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for as we will finally get to lay eyes on the first trailer for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. I know that I am beyond excited for this, and if you are a Star Wars fan, I am sure that your eyes will have watched it 100 times by the time we have a chance to break it down tomorrow.
You can be certain that we will have the news of the trailer up as we will absolutely be anticipating the release of the awesomeness that will be before us.
Rumor is that tomorrow will be the time when we are officially introduced to the new Star Wars Battlefront 2 game that EA and Star Wars have been working on. I will save my critique on that for tomorrow, but for someone who is not a big fan of first person shooter games as much as I am long drawn out third person story games, my expectations for this are quite low.
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