In less than a month, #StarWars fans will be treated to a tidal wave of information coming out of Orlando, Florida when #StarWarsCelebration 2017 kicks off. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the franchise, the April 13th event will be a four-day affair, giving fans extra goodies and panels to go crazy for (insert a wookie roar of approval here). While we can all agree that the 2015 Celebration was huge, last year's event did feel a bit underwhelming. However, with a focus on The Last Jedi this year, fans have high expectations for what they can expect. Here are some big profile things we want to see at this year's Celebration.
(Note: This is not a promise of things to come, and these reveals have not been confirmed!)
1. 'The Last Jedi' Trailer (And Behind The Scenes Featurette)
The big one. There is no doubt we will be getting a teaser trailer for the wildly anticipated eighth entry, #TheLastJedi. The film will bring back the characters we met in The Force Awakens and actually give Luke Skywalker some dialogue.
The film is being written and directed by Rian Johnson, who's best known for directing Looper and Brick, as well as some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad ("Ozymandias," anyone?). This is the first time someone other than George Lucas has taken on both writing and directing duties so I'm curious to see what the final product is. A teaser trailer is a given; the fans require it to live, much like oxygen, so I think it's guaranteed we'll get one at Star Wars Celebration 2017.
I've also enjoyed watching the behind-the-scenes videos that have been released over the years. Just check out the ones for The Force Awakens and Rogue One:
So here's hoping fans get a double dosage of content and leave the main event full of satisfaction. Couple the trailer with the panel with #RianJohnson and Kathleen Kennedy and there should be lots to look forward to on this panel.
2. 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 4 Trailer
One of the big takeaways at last year's Celebration was the Season 3 trailer of #Rebels, mainly due to its canonization of Grand Admiral #Thrawn, a fan favorite from the old Expanded Universe, now dubbed 'Legends." Season 3 has been a rocky season for fans, failing to deliver meaningful character arcs for the two Jedi leads, so the anticipation is high for Season 4 to bounce back to form.
Fans went nuts last year with the reveal of Thrawn, so what can fans expect to see in Season 4 with the timeline rapidly approaching the events of #RogueOne?
3. 'Battlefront 2' Trailer
The #Battlefront reboot was a fun game that didn't quite capture the spirit of its predecessors. That may all change over holidays 2017 when #Battlefront2 gets released. The sequel promises to right the wrongs of the first game by including a single player story mode (by Motive Studios) and to have content from multiple Star Wars eras. Here's hoping we get a decent story mode that isn't completed in five hours, and wouldn't mind the return of Galactic Conquest, too (that mode was SO fun). When it comes to multiplayer, more maps and modes at launch are essential.
The amount of content that was blocked behind DLC payments on the first game was pretty bonkers, therefore the sequel should try to include more content from the get go and not charge the price of admission twice for the same game. Otherwise, we can expect some more jaw-dropping visuals that fully make you believe that you are reliving some of the most epic battles in Star Wars. Here's hoping Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is as good and as epic as it deserves to be.
4. Revealing Respawn Or Visceral's Unannounced Games
Fingers crossed for this one seeing the light of day. We've seen it teased, we've read baby snippets of information on the internet, but now it's time to see what's behind door No. 1. In the video embedded below at 1:04, we can get a brief look at the Respawn Entertainment's game, which Stig Asmussen (God of War trilogy) is overseeing. It appears to be a lightsaber combat-focused game, which sounds super exciting, plus we know it'll be third person, which differentiates itself from Respawn's other series, Titanfall.
Personally, the anticipation behind Amy Hennig's unnamed Visceral title is too high for me. She worked on the first three Uncharted games and from what we know about this title, it'll take place in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and will a third-person action adventure game, which you can see a sneak peek of at 2:16 below:
The thumbnail alone looks captivating, so learning more about this mystery game is a must, especially since it's been teased for quite awhile now.
5. A New TV Show Announcement
#GeorgeLucas's protégé's magic touch is noticeably lacking in the third seasons of Rebels. While he is still present, he's no longer the supervising director of the show. His hard work saw him promoted to basically be in charge of future Star Wars animation developments. While this doesn't confirm anything, it does seem likely that Filoni may be involved with the creation of another show, likely to be the successor to Rebels (but don't quote me on that). So what could it be? Jedi Academy? Old Republic? The possibilities are endless and we want a crumb to analyze.
Filoni is no stranger to the Star Wars animated realm, having also working under Lucas for The Clone Wars animated series. The man is a pro, and if anyone should be in charge of animation at Lucasfilm, it's Filoni.
6. Announcement Of The Third Anthology Film
During Celebration 2015, it was revealed that there was to be three anthology films to be released by the year 2020. This was later confirmed in September 2016 by #Disney CEO Bob Iger himself that the third film is on schedule to release in 2020, which will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Simon Kinberg, who will also write the mystery film. Kinberg has written some excellent episodes of Rebels thus far, including the beloved "Twilight of the Apprentice."
The job of the third film was initially suppose to go to Josh Trank, but he left the project around the time Fantastic Four (2015) was released, citing pressure as the main reason for his exit. The film was rumored to be a Boba Fett film, but those are only rumors. Fans are foaming at the mouth for Ewan McGregor to return as Kenobi and yours truly would personally want to see an Old Republic film. The curse and the great thing about these films is that they can be about anything, but that also means that we may get a fair share of origin stories. Here's hoping that anthology No. 3 carries on the mantle that Rogue One set in place and gives us some new characters!
7. More Information On The 'Untitled Han Solo Film'
Which leads to me to the extremely polarizing #HanSolo film. Many fans can't wait for it while seemingly just as many are very unsure about it, unsure about the recasting of the greatest scoundrel ever. A title reveal, a photo in costume and/or a brief peek at footage would help possibly put some minds to rest. I will admit, I am a bit worried about the film — not because of the cast or crew, which are mighty fine (Jump Street's Lord and Miller are directing), but whether or not we need this particular story told in this particular medium. The recasting of Han Solo has put many people on edge and some have wondered if this story would be better suited towards an animated feature or to another comic book series. Time will tell.
8. More Books And Comics To Add To The Star Wars Canon
Last but not least, we want to hear about more canon novels and comic book reveals. We know that Inferno Squad is on the way, but what will be the big read to look forward to? Last year, it was revealed that Thrawn will have his own book written by original author Timothy Zahn, and book lovers went nuts (stay tuned for a review!).
One has to wonder what Del Rey and the story group have cooking up their sleeve for this year — new books set in the wake of the Aftermath trilogy? A new Bane series? Revan? What about any new comics down the horizon? We already know there's to be a new Darth Vader on going series, can we expect another reveal? One can only hope.
So there you have it — everything we hope will be on display at Celebration 2017! What are you most excited for? Have any dream reveals? Fire off in the comments below!