The next two years are an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, with the impending release of both The Last Jedi and the Han Solo anthology movie. 2017 marks both the release of Finn and Rey's next adventure, as well as the 40th anniversary of A New Hope— which is bound to make for one hell of a Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida.
However, this year's massive celebration also comes as a toll: it looks like there'll be no Star Wars Celebration for 2018 whatsoever. The event has been held every year since 2012, but will take a brief hiatus for 2018.
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Considering the pattern of the last few Star Wars Celebrations, it's unusual that 2018 is going to be skipped. The events have always coincided with the release of new #StarWars films or anniversaries of original releases. So why would they skip 2018 for the release of the #HanSolo movie?
Previous Star Wars Celebrations in the US have concluded with the announcement of European Celebrations for the following year, though this doesn't look likely— after all, the Star Wars Celebration website did state that the next event won't be until 2019.
The hiatus may be due to the massive scale of the 2017 Celebration, or perhaps preparations for a truly epic 2019 event. The sequel to #TheLastJedi is going to be a monumental moment for the entire franchise, and will no doubt be cause for an equally mighty party.
This Year's Event May Compensate For The Gap
You may be relieved that your bank balance won't be getting depleted by any 2018 festivities, but don't forget: the 2017 Star Wars Celebration is going to be a big one. With both the release of The Last Jedi and the 40th anniversary of the entire franchise, it's bound to be an unforgettable event. Just check out the trailer below:
Aside from all the panels, loot and cosplay that awaits, there's a good chance the first trailer for The Last Jedi is going to screened. Not to mention you'll be able to direct all your Han Solo-related questions to special guest and original Lando Calrissian actor Billy Dee Williams.
Of course, there's always the hope that we'll get to see a small snippet of what's to come for the Han Solo anthology movie— could we see an official title announcement? We'll have to wait until April to find out!
What are you expecting to see at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration?