Next month marks the return of Star Wars Celebration, and it sounds like fans will be getting a fresh look at the live-action projects Lucasfilm is bringing to Disney+.
Star Wars Celebration is set to take place May 26-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This will be the second time the event has come to Anaheim, CA. This year will also be the first time a Celebration has taken place since 2019, as the pandemic caused the event to be put on hold for the last two years. The hype is starting to build for the convention, especially after the announcement of a “must-see” showcase that will be kicking off the weekend’s festivities.
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A new post from the official Star Wars website says a panel on Thursday, May 26 will feature “Lucasfilm’s current crop of live-action filmmakers”. There’s no word on who those filmmakers may be, but there will also be “special guests” joining the creatives.
Discussions will revolve around the “many Star Wars adventures coming soon, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and The Mandalorian”. There may be other projects brought up at the panel, but those three Disney+ series seem to be the main focus of the presentation.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to be the first of the three shows to premiere in 2022, dropping its first two episodes the day after the panel on May 27. The series was originally going to debut Wednesday, May 25, which is the 45th anniversary of the original release of Star Wars. The change was made a few weeks ago, which may mean fans that attend the Lucasfilm panel at Star Wars Celebration could get a sneak peek ahead of the official premiere on Disney+.
Andor will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Cassian Andor from 2016’s Rogue One, but no specific release date has been confirmed as of yet. The show was announced during the 2020 Disney Investors Day presentation, where Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said it would be coming out in 2022. With Andor being one of the projects discussed at the panel, that may mean a trailer and release date aren’t too far off.
As for The Mandalorian, the third season of the hit show is also expected to hit Disney+ by the end of the year. The previous two seasons premiered in November 2019 and October 2020, so it stands to reason that season three would follow suit and begin airing sometime this fall. The Book of Bobba Fett partially served as a bridge between seasons two and three of The Mandalorian, and fans won’t have to wait much longer for a full season of adventures with Din Djarin and Grogu.
Those are the projects that are confirmed to be part of the panel, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be updates on future Star Wars properties. The 2020 Investors Day showcase announced such titles as Ahsoka, Lando, The Acolyte, and Rangers of the New Republic. It’s been quite some time since Lucasfilm discussed any of those shows in an official capacity, and the Star Wars Celebration panel may be the perfect platform to do so.
It’s also been a few years since the last Star Wars film, and the panel never specified that it would just be about projects coming straight to Disney+. A Rogue Squadron movie from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is seemingly still in development but was bumped from its 2023 release window. A Star Wars film from Taika Waititi was also announced in 2020, but updates on that project have been few and far between. MCU architect Kevin Feige is reportedly producing a Star Wars movie as well, which is being written by Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scribe Michael Waldron. Star Wars Celebration could have a lot more than they’re teasing.
Overall, there’s plenty to be excited about from the Star Wars universe in the near future, but also a lot of uncertainty past 2022. We’ll have to wait and see if Lucasfilm will use the Star Wars Celebration panel to provide a massive update on everything coming down the line in the galaxy far, far away.
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Source: Star Wars