Star Wars Celebration is coming April 11-15, 2019, to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. And you can bet there will be a ton of amazing content all about Star Wars films, including the much anticipated Episode IX trailer, for fans to revel in. We’re here to tell you what to expect. If you’re going to the show, definitely hit up these panels for big reveals and plenty of fun.
Star Wars: Episode IX
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages.
If you’re going to Star Wars Celebration, the Star Wars: Episode IX panel is probably on your “to-do” list. The film, which recently wrapped shooting and is slated to come out this December, has been highly anticipated by Star Wars fans the world over. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode IX director JJ Abrams are already announced for this panel, but given what we’ve seen at previous Celebrations, it’s a sure bet you’ll also get a number of special guests, special reveals, and maybe even the first official trailer for the film. You won’t want to miss it.
In Conversation with Alan Tudyk
Sun, Apr 14, 2019 (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM) Celebration Stage.
Alan Tudyk, the voice of Star Wars: Rogue One’s K-2SO, sits down with host Warwick Davis to discuss his role as the Imperial Droid turned Resistance fighter we’ve all come to know and love. We’re hoping for behind-the-scenes stories and maybe a hint or two about whether or not we’ll be seeing K-2SO in the upcoming Cassian Andor series for Disney+
Given his long and colorful career, Tudyk is also sure to discuss other characters he’s portrayed throughout his career like Firefly‘s Wash, Con Man‘s Wray Nerely, character voices from Young Justice, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Wreck-It-Ralph, Ralph Breaks The Internet, and much more.
The Music of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace with David Collins
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 (3:30 PM – 4:30 PM) Galaxy Stage
John Williams’ music has always been an integral piece of the Star Wars universe and, as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace celebrates it’s 20th anniversary, fans can celebrate both the movie and music itself.
Host David Collins will explore the music of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, along with the musical connections between the story and characters as he breaks down both new and classic themes within the film and the Star Wars musical universe.
The Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Celebration Stage
If you’ve ever wanted to know how the creatures, droids, and aliens of Star Wars are made, you’ll want to check this panel out. Get a look inside the Pinewood Studios-based Star Wars creature shop where creative supervisor Neal Scanlan and his team design and build every creature, droid, and alien in the new Star Wars movies.
This panel is your chance to learn about the process of bringing these characters to the screen, how they’re created, how they’re designed, and how they come to life in a galaxy far, far away.
ILM Presents: Making Solo
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM) Galaxy Stage
Spend some time with Rob Bredow, Academy Award Nominee and VFX Supervisor for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Bredow will be sharing his exclusive, behind-the-scenes stories and photos along with a sneak peek into his new photo book covering Solo.
Whether you’re looking to break into VFX, want to work in Star Wars films or you’re a fan of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rob’s expertise and insight are sure to be a treat for attendees.