It sounds like they won’t be beating around the bush at Celebration Anaheim – the first event sounds like it’ll be J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy themselves, and for some reason I doubt they’ll show up empty-handed. There’s very little doubt that we’re going to get a new The Force Awakens trailer at the con, so just as well get it out of the way ASAP. And having this on Thursday instead of Saturday means it might be a tad easier to get wristbands, right? (Ha.)
Also, if you head to the Art Show page on the Celebration site and click on the artists, you can get a first look at the art that will be on sale, including a Thrawn trilogy-themed piece from Grant Gould!
Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker announced for Celebration Anaheim. They join Dave Filoni and the Rebels crew.
We also have the schedule for the Podcast Stage, which features a few familiar names like our pals at Full of Sith and Tosche Station.
And winning praise is Celebration’s anti-harassment policy – and harassment can be reported directly from the official show app
Our convention tips from the last Celebration are still live, and much of it wll still apply to Celebration Anaheim, but we’ll be revisiting a few in the months to come.
Authors John Jackson Miller, Christie Golden and James Luceno will be at Celebration. No idea if they’ll be the only Star Wars authors there. Golden’s Dark Disciple will be out in July, while the paperback for Miller’s A New Dawn is due a few weeks before the con on March 31st.
The Navajo-dubbed version of A New Hope will be shown at Celebration Anaheim, along with “never-before-seen documentary footage” and a Q&A session with some of the people involved.
Returning to Celebration are the Tattoo Pavilion and Speed Dating.
Behind the Celebration Anaheim poster, first look at badges. StarWars.com speaks to artist Craig Drake about his work for the con. There’s a Rebels variation, but I wonder how long we’ll have the wait for The Force Awakens one? (Presumably after we get a real teaser poster..?)
All three prequel films will be screened in 3D at Celebration Anaheim, we hear from the Star Wars Insider via Yakface.
Although The Phantom Menace 3D went into wide release in February 2012, the remaining 3D releases were “postponed” in early 2013, not long after the Disney sale/Episode VII announcement. Attack of the Clones 3D was shown at Celebration Europe in July of that year, but this will be the first chance for the public to see Revenge.
The original trilogy screenings at Celebration Anaheim will be in standard 2D.
Jason Reitman’s live reading of The Empire Strikes Back has their Han and Leia in Ellen Page and Jessica Alba. Reitman says on Page:
“In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the energy to fill Madison Square Garden.”
The Empire live-read, which also features Aaron Paul as Luke, takes place tonight at the Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles – and it’s already sold out.
Director Jason Reitman is staging a live-read of The Empire Strikes Back tomorrow night in Los Angeles. The line-up includes Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, Stephen Merchant as C-3PO, Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian and Kevin Pollak as Yoda.
But who’ll be playing Han and Leia? Hoping for some surprises…