It’s officially summer, which means it’s also convention time. July not only brings Comic-Con back to San Diego, but the month marks Star Wars Celebration Europe in London. Ahead of the festivities, kicking off July 15 and ending July 17, Lucasfilm released a partial schedule of what fans can expect.
Among the bigger events is a panel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Director Gareth Edwards will join Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, in addition to some unnamed “special guests.” The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and more. During the D23 Expo at Anaheim last year, a panel for The Force Awakens featured a crop of the actors, including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac. So it’s likely that something similar will be done for this year’s Celebration.
The other big one, for now at least, is for season 3 of Star Wars Rebels. Executive producer Dave Filoni and equally mysterious special guests will reveal sneak peeks at what’s ahead, including screenings of the first two episodes.
Also featured will be appearances from Mark Hamill, Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels, Darth Maul stuntman Ray Park, as well as panels going inside the making of The Force Awakens. See the partial schedule for Celebration Europe below.
Friday, July 15:
An Hour With Mark Hamill, 11:30 – 12:30
Start your Celebration weekend off in the best possible way, by spending time with the Jedi Master himself. Mark Hamill will chat with the audience, answer questions, and tell stories from his years in entertainment and from his point of view portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 16:00 – 17:00
Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? Find out, when Gareth Edwards — director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a revealing can’t-miss Rogue One panel! Also streamed to the Galaxy Stage and BTSS.
Star Wars Celebration Europe Cosplay Championship, 18:00 – 19:30
Enjoy the best cosplay in the galaxy live on the Celebration Stage. The Celebration Europe Cosplay Championships, hosted by Warwick Davis and Mark Daniel, will entertain, and possibly inspire you to get started with your own Star Wars cosplay. The Championships will feature celebrity judges who know quite a bit about the art of Star Wars costumes: Dave Filoni (executive producer, Star Wars Rebels) and Steve Sansweet (Rancho Obi-Wan).
Screening: Star Wars: A New Hope, 20:30 – 23:00
The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight, relive the excitement of seeing Star Wars: A New Hope in a theater, surrounded by your fellow fans. Bring your lightsaber and get ready to cheer for your heroes, and boo the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Or perhaps cheer for Darth if you lean toward the dark side…
Saturday, July 16:
The Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12:00 – 13:00
Take a deep dive into the Pinewood Studios-based Star Wars creature shop, where creative supervisor Neal Scanlan and team designed and built every alien, beast, and droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Step-by-step, the process of crafting amazing creatures and droids like Maz Kanata, BB-8, the luggabeast, Unkar Plutt and Supreme Leader Snoke will be explored; from design and sculpting, to fabrication and animatronics, to painting and puppeteering. The panel will culminate in a live demo of one of the creature shop’s incredible Star Wars characters!
Anthony Daniels, Without Protocol, 14:00 – 15:00
It’s always bright and shiny when our favorite protocol droid takes the stage. Don’t miss Anthony Daniels, the human behind C-3PO. Expect the unexpected as Daniels and host Warwick Davis have a marvelous time, sometimes at the expense of unsuspecting audience members.
Star Wars Rebels Season Three, 16:00 – 18:00
Still recovering from the epic Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale? Feel like you have more questions than answers about what the future holds for the crew of the Ghost? Fear not! Star Wars Rebels executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni will be joined by special guests to share highly-guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels Season Three, including a screening of the first two episodes!
Meet the Creators: The Minds Behind EA’s Star Wars Games, 19:00 – 20:00
Join us for a roundtable discussion about what’s it’s like to create Star Wars games. The creative leaders behind Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic and other upcoming Star Wars video games from EA will share behind-the-scenes stories and reveal news about the future of Star Wars games at EA.
Screening: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 21:00 – 23:30
The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight, plan to stay after hours to watch your most beloved characters new and old in The Force Awakens, presented in theatrical quality on the Celebration Stage.
Sunday, July 17:
Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries, 11:00 – 12:00
Buckle up. Our favorite princess is coming and she will certainly have something to say. Join Carrie Fisher, the force behind Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, for an hour of insights into the world of one of our favorite characters on and off the screen.
Ray Park Unleashed, 13:00 – 14:00
Ray Park, the actor and champion martial artist behind the iconic character of Darth Maul, will take the stage for an hour of insights and interaction. Always two there are – Park will share the stage with Celebration Host and Sith apprentice Warwick Davis.