Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: How to watch, what happened and what to expect

“There was a revival. Did you feel it? Fans from a galaxy far, far away gathered in California for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. This is the first such convention since Celebration Chicago in 2019, and will no doubt bring a series of announcements on upcoming Disney Plus showsvideo games and merchandise.

Celebration Anaheim runs Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, and there are still a few tickets left if you can’t wait to immerse yourself in the Star Wars fandom.

Fans can get autographs and photos from stars, including actor C-3PO Anthony DanielsThe Mandalorians Katee Sackhoff and Carl Meteos, Boba Fett’s Book actor Temuera Morrison and The Last Jediby Kelly Marie Tran. Unfortunately for those who are enthusiastic about the Obi Wan Kenobi series, Ewan McGregor sold out ahead of the show’s Disney Plus premiere on day two of Celebration Anaheim.

Unlike past celebrations, this convention won’t be focused on an upcoming movie. It will rely heavily on the upcoming Disney Plus series instead; we had our first look at Andor (the prequel to A thug) and some concrete details about The Mandalorian season 3and we will probably see The second season of Bad Batch.

CNET reports live from the show, capturing the hype from the reveals and panel meetings, and checking out the creative cosplay. If you can’t make it to Anaheim or just want to plan your convention, let’s take a look at the big hits so you know when to look for the news online.

Thursday May 26

The show started with one of the large panels. Lucasfilm Studio Showcase gave us the first trailer and an August 31 release for Andora Release date February 2023 for The Mandalorian season 3 and the announcement of coming of age show Star Wars: Skeleton Crew.

The panel also promoted some non-Star Wars Lucasfilm movies, giving us the first trailer for the tv show Willow and the first image of Indiana Jones 5.

Readers got a taste of upcoming novels at The High Republic: For Light and Life panel, during which the authors revealed details about publishing initiative phase 2 set hundreds of years before the Skywalker saga.

Friday May 27

After getting up early (or getting up late) to watch the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, everyone at Light & Magic panel was probably a bit sleepy. Solo director Ron Howard and writer Lawrence Kasdan thrilled everyone with a preview of a six-part documentary about Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm’s special effects division, ahead of its July 27 release on Disney Plus. .

Count Dooku and Yoda cross lightsabers

Count Dooku and Yoda showed off their CGI dueling skills in 2002.

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Remember how exciting it was to see Yoda wielding a lightsaber for the first time? That was two decades ago (don’t feel old; that’s fine, Its good), and the Attack of the Clones 20th Anniversary Celebration commemorated the second film in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy.

Actors Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen made surprise appearances to delight the crowd, joining a panel that included co-stars Anthony Daniels, Temeura Morrison, Daniel Logan, plus artist Doug Chiang, visual effects supervisor John Knoll and sound editor Matthew Wood.

For collectors, the Hasbro Star Wars Panel offered looks at upcoming waves of 3.75-inch figures and the highly detailed 6-inch Black Series, including the wicked inquisitors seen in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

We also got the surprise reveal of Jedi: Survivor2019’s Fallen Order sequel and anime series announcement Adventures of Young Jediwhich takes place during the time of the High Republic.

Saturday May 28

Audiences will likely sing along to “This is the Way” on the first big panel of the day: Mando+: A conversation with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni (11 a.m. PT). We’ll likely have details on The Mandalorian season 3, and maybe even a release date and trailer. It would also be a good time to find out more about the Ahsoka Tano show, and whether or not Boba Fett’s Book will get a second season.

Grogu looking at something in the distance

Celebration Anaheim will likely reveal when Grogu returns to Disney Plus.

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Given the number of Star Wars games in development, there’s a surprising lack of gaming panels in Celebration. The only big one is Star Wars: Hunters – Welcome to the Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1 PM PT), which will showcase developer Zynga’s upcoming multiplayer arena fighting game. It’s coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android this year, and we’ll likely get a release date on that panel.

We’ll see a new show unveiled in an afternoon panel: Tales of the Jedi (2:30 p.m. PT) is an animated series of anthology shorts. Lucasfilm hasn’t revealed anything about the project beyond the name – which it shares with a 90s comedy series – but it will probably come to Disney Plus (like the one in 2021 Star Wars: Visions).

Comics will be in the spotlight at Marvel Star Wars panel (4:30 p.m. PT), with editor CB Cebulski taking the stage with a group of writers and artists to talk about upcoming story arcs and unveil new series.

The Bad Batch of Star Wars

We’re behind on The Bad Batch Season 2, but Celebration Anaheim should give us what we need.

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Sunday May 29

The final day of the convention will shine the spotlight on Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 (11 a.m. PT). The team behind the CGI animated Clone Wars spin-off will almost certainly give us a trailer for the second season and a Disney Plus premiere date.

This will be followed by Back to Star Wars: Visions (12:30 p.m. PT), which will dive into the past year anime-inspired anthology series. It’s possible that this panel will reveal that this show will return for more episodes.

Where can I watch the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim signs?

If you can’t make it to the show, you can stream the big panels and interviews from the official Star Wars YouTube channel and on StarWars.com. We have also integrated the feed above.


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