Star Wars Celebration 2017 is upon us once again. From April 13 to 16, Orlando is going to be a sea of lightsaber wielding cosplayers. This particular Celebration comes at an unusual moment for the galaxy far, far away. Excitement abounds but there’s also sadness. The very first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is expected to appear during the panel for that movie, giving us our first glimpse of Rey’s tutelage under an older Luke Skywalker. But this Star Wars Celebration also comes just months after Carrie Fisher unexpectedly passed away, a source of grief for fans of General Leia Organa and hilariously salty memoirs but also uncertainty about the future of the series. How will The Last Jedi director and Star Wars 9 writer Rian Johnson address the loss of a principal cast member? 

There’s more to look forward to beyond the core films, though. Star Wars Battlefront 2, more Marvel Comics like the new Doctor Aphra series, and possibly even a look at the new Han Solo movie may also be on hand. Here’s what we’re hoping to see at the event.

The first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer

It’s time: the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is close. So close that some people claim to have already seen it and are leaking spoilers across the land. With Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson hosting a panel specifically for the movie, it’s all but guaranteed we’ll see the trailer at the event. Finally, we’ll get that longed-for return of everyone’s favorite character to the series: Boss Nass. Right? Probably. Maybe not. Given that Disney and Lucasfilm have debuted all major trailers for new Star Wars movies on YouTube, you shouldn’t worry about waiting to see it but we’ll be covering the event so if any additional footage is shown we’ll be on hand to bring it to you.

A Carrie Fisher tribute

When Carrie Fisher died at the end of 2016, her loss came with a question: would Disney go so far as to digitally insert her into upcoming films? After all, fully computer generated versions of the long deceased Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher appeared as Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia in Rogue One just weeks before Fisher’s death. Thankfully, the studio assured people in January that it would not pursue using a CGI Fisher for Star Wars movies in production. With that out of the way, all that remains is to send her off in style. It’s very likely that Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Rian Johnson will pay tribute to Fisher at The Last Jedi panel at the event.

Confirmation on how Star Wars will change due Carrie Fisher’s passing

After Kennedy and Johnson deal with the elephant in the room at The Last Jedi panel, there will be an opportunity to address the big question surrounding the series: how will Episode 8 and 9 change in Fisher’s absence? Principal photography for Star Wars 8 was finished well before she passed away, but with the film still in post-production it could still be altered to accommodate necessary story changes. Star Wars 9 reportedly has two crucial scenes starring Fisher in its current script. Star Wars Celebration is the perfect time to discuss how the movies have changed since December.

Character breakdown for the Han Solo movie

Back when Disney first acquired Lucasfilm, rumors ran wild about what movies were getting made in addition to the new trilogy. Yoda movies! Boba Fett movies! Han Solo movies! Of all those rumors, one turned out to be very real: the Han Solo movie from Chris Miller and Phil Lord, masterminds behind 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. Starring Alden Ehrenreich as the smuggler, the movie is already in production but not much is known beyond simple plot elements. We’ll get to see Han Solo win the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, but what will the movie even be called? Who are all the other characters? Names and a little background on Woody Harrelson’s mentor figure and whoever Emilia Clarke, Daenerys herself, is playing are are both likely and welcome. Given that Lucasfilm revealed a ton of information about Rogue One at Star Wars Celebration back in 2015, we stand a good chance of getting more details on the Han Solo flick in April.

Announcement about the third anthology spin-off movie

The new crop of Star Wars movies will not end when the new trilogy wraps up in 2019. Indeed, Disney is planning to make a Marvel-esque tide of spin-offs well into the next decade as our guide to every upcoming Star Wars movie explains. “We have movies in development for Star Wars until then, and we started talking about what we’re going to do in 2021 and beyond,” said Disney’s Bob Iger in September 2016. What’s next? Back in 2013 it was likely going to be a Boba Fett movie, but that was cancelled just before Disney planned to announce it. Will we get the long-rumored Yoda movie? Will Ewan McGregor grow a brand new beard and give us the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie we’ve been fantasizing about since his performances kept us sane during repeat viewings of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith? We could finally found out.

A look at EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 and still unnamed Vicarious Visions game

(Image: © EA)

E3 is typically the home for Star Wars video game announcements. It was the first place we got a look at Star Wars Battlefront in 2013 and Visceral’s untitled adventure just this past year. With the plethora of merchandise inevitably revealed at Star Wars Celebration, eagle-eyed fans might be able to scope out details about upcoming game memorabilia. Remember: the first look we ever got of The Phantom Menace back in the ‘90s was a Battle Droid toy released in the summer of ‘98. The same could happen here.

A Luke Skywalker action figure… finally

Speaking of merchandise, Star Wars Celebration 2017 only needs one Star Wars knickknack announcement: a freaking action figure of old man Luke Skywalker. Of the dozens of Rogue One and The Force Awakens figures Kenner’s released over the past two years, with about fifty variants of Kylo Ren alone, we still don’t have one of crazy Led Zeppelin cosplay Luke. At least not one that doesn’t cost a ghastly sum of money. No one is dropping $230 on this doll, Lucasfilm. Help out the children and adults with desks in dire need of decoration. 

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