For four straight days at the Orange County Convention Center at Orlando, the Star Wars Celebration 2017 let avid fans of the franchise know what it would feel like to live in that awesome galaxy far, far away.
The following activities are some of the many events the Celebration had in store for Star Wars superfans: (1) masterclasses and workshops with Star Wars writers and artists; (2) a cosplay contest on stage; (3) gaming and product introductions on the show floor; and (4) a string of panels and screenings, which included the very much awaited Last Jedi panel.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel took place on April 14th with Josh Gad as moderator. Joining Gad is producer Kathleen Kennedy and director Rian Johnson. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran were individually welcomed onto the stage completing the panel. Here’s a list of the highlights and slight reveals from the fully-packed The Last Jedi panel.
- “They’re (the First Order) making some big moves at the start of our film.” -Rian Johnson
Moderator Josh Gad asked about the First Order after the demolition of the Star Killer base. Johnson confirmed that the destruction of the Star Killer was a big loss for the First Order. He continued that the dark side managed to take out the seed of the republic to which the First Order is “very aggressively, not sitting on their hands. They’re making some big moves at the start of our film. So, things are going to get dire.
2. “A couple really fun new characters……”
Another unlikely hero comes in the form of a maintenance worker named Rose. Kelly Marie Tran (College Humor Originals) plays the newcomer who is a maintenance worker in the Resistance.
3. “He (Luke Skywalker) is so significantly important to this next film.” – Kathleen Kennedy
Producer and LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy mentioned said line when she interjected and seconded Mark Hamill while he was talking about how he thinks that Luke is “an important part of the overall arc of the Saga, and again there’s a lot of mystery about him even within the film.”
4. And, last but not the least……more BB-8 antics.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this December 2017.