Sunday, April 14th
Traditionally, Star Wars Celebration is 4 days – Thursday through Sunday. Sunday usually becomes the wrap-up day, tinged with sadness because it is the final day. People share hugs with old friends and new, leave early to catch flights, and the con floor closes early at 5pm. But not THIS day! Star Wars Celebration Chicago was 5 WHOLE DAYS – Thursday through Monday- so Sunday April 14th became a full day full of energy and excitement and more news than we could handle! Are you ready for the new Disney+ streaming TV series: The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars? And of course, more NEW Galaxy’s Edge merchandise!
Jon Favreau (writer/executive producer) and Dave Filoni (director/executive producer) joined Kathleen Kennedy (executive producer) on the Celebration Stage to reveal a few details around the mysterious The Mandalorian, of which we’ve only seen one photo from Lucasfilm. Right away, we were treated to a new show logo.
Gina Carano shared a story about how she would be on set for 17-hour days, but it didn’t feel like work. Favreau would explain a scene to her right before shooting, and get all emotional while talking because Star Wars means so much to him. These comments (and the exclusive footage we saw) raise my expectations exponentially for The Mandalorian. Here are new photos which I can share:
THE MANDALORIAN series premieres on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – DROID DEPOT Merchandise Revealed!
Have you ever wanted a droid to follow you around in your own universe, just as R2 and 3P0 joined Luke on his many adventures? Well now you can create your own nearly life-size droid and have it follow you around Galaxy’s Edge! BONUS: They come in Build-A-Bear-like cardboard boxes, or you can opt for a super-cool backpack with a half-open top. Your droid will then be able to interact with Galaxy’s Edge while you wander around and explore new places. A chip in each droid will determine whether it leans more First Order or Resistance, and it will react to various stimuli accordingly. Watch the video to learn more.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Panel
I am going to make a bold statement. Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration was more exciting, faster and more intense than the Episode IX Panel (!!!)
Over the past 10 years, we’ve invited Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan, the Clones, Padme and countless more into our homes. Star Wars Weekends in Orlando showcased the voice actors for this series, allowing a whole generation to grow up meeting and greeting the cast year after year in Orlando from 2008-2015. The cast itself often record together, and even after the show was cancelled, they have the occasional dinner gathering.Therefore, the return of this series that created a generation of Star Wars fans is a big deal. And Lucasfilm put on a show.
First, Dave Filoni treated us to a reel of seasons past, setting the tone. Then he brought Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano), Sam Witwer (voice of Maul) and Dee Bradley Baker (voice of the Clones) to the stage. They talked about each of their characters’ previous journeys and hinted at where they would go and who they would meet next. We got some awesome concept art!
But before Dave Filoni rolled out new clips from the 7th and final season, he brought on stage the family we were missing: Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin), James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan), Cat Taber (voice of Padmé), Tom Kane (voice of Yoda) and Matt Wood (Roger Roger, General Grievous). As a HUGE fan of The Clone Wars and Timeless TV Series, seeing Matt Lanter in person was a personal highlight.
The Clone Wars topped my list of favorite Star Wars Celebration panels. As a capper, we all received a mini-poster of Ahsoka Tano mid-Maul-fight. I couldn’t help tearing up. She means so much to so many, including me.
Fangirls After Dark
Star Wars Celebration Pro-Tip: Hang out at the local convention hotel bar after hours, you never know who you may meet. Here’s a collection of photos from Sunday night.
Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more stories from subsequent days of Star Wars Celebration Chicago!
- Explore Day 1: Galaxy’s Edge and the Show Floor
- Explore Day 2: Episode IX and Ashley Eckstein
- Explore Day 3: Fangirls on the Podcast Stage and Galaxy’s Edge
- Fangirls Going Rogue LIVE from Celebration
- Episode 19.5 Celebration Afterglow