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*schedule courtesy of Reddit user EthanYoung1944

Primary panel schedule in text (and 12-hour format) w/ archive links:
Friday, April 12th
Star Wars: Episode IX (11AM - 12PM CT)
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series (1:30AM – 2:30PM CT)
Saturday, April 13th
Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks (11AM – 12PM CT)
Star Wars Rebels Remembered (12:45PM – 1:45PM CT)
The Galaxy-Wide Premiere of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (1:30PM – 2:30PM CT)
Monday, April 15th
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Celebration (11AM – 12PM CT)
Star Wars Resistance Season Two Sneak Peek (1:30PM – 2:50PM CT)
More panels available at youtube.com/starwars/videos

Other panels of interest:

Sisters of the Force, A Celebration of Women and Star Wars (Saturday 4/13, 11:00AM – 12:00PM)
Star Wars is full of powerful women, from its characters to its actors, its creators and executives to its fans! It takes countless stories and people to keep our beloved Star Wars universe thriving, and this panel will celebrate the role women play in making it all happen! Join moderator Ashley Eckstein and guests, Vanessa Marshall, Catherine Taber, Amy Ratcliffe and many others (including some surprises) for an incredibly inspiring, empowering and fun discussion!
Lucasfilm Publishing Panel (Friday 4/12, 6:30PM – 7:30PM CT)
Join some of the biggest and best Star Wars authors to discuss new and upcoming stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, get exclusive sneak peeks and announcements into the future of Star Wars publishing. Featuring Jeffrey Brown, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah Dawson, Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, E.K. Johnston, Cavan Scott, Timothy Zahn, and more! Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain
Del Rey Behind the Scenes (Saturday 4/13, 12:45PM – 1:45PM CT)
Del Rey has been publishing Star Wars books since 1976. Find out what we have in the works for 2019 and beyond. Join authors Claudia Gray (Master & Apprentice; Bloodline), Timothy Zahn (The Thrawn Trilogy), Alexander Freed (Alphabet Squadron; Twilight Company), and Delilah S. Dawson (Black Spire; Phasma) as they discuss current projects and preview other books to come.
Marvel Comics Presents: Star Wars (Saturday 4/13, 2:30PM – 3:30PM CT)
Join Marvel Comics writers Greg Pak (Star Wars: Age of Rebellion) and Ethan Sacks (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) and a host of other Mighty Marvel Guests in this can’t-miss panel! Greg Pak’s Age of Rebellion series spotlights the fan-favorites of the classic trilogy, while Sacks’ Galaxy’s Edge is the riveting comic series tie-in to the highly-anticipated theme park! Don’t miss your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Ideas’ parsec of the Galaxy Far, Far Away – including a glimpse of what’s to come!
Lucasfilm Publishing: Writers Roundtable (Monday 4/15, 10:30AM – 11:30AM CT)
Join all-star Star Wars authors Claudia Gray (Master & Apprentice; Bloodline),Justina Ireland (Lando’s Luck), Daniel José Older (Last Shot), Cavan Scott (Tales from Vader’s Castle, The Choose Your Destiny series), and Charles Soule (Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, Poe Dameron) as they discuss their approach, process, and reception to writing stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, get some exclusive news into future Star Wars publishing! Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain.
Star Wars Hasbro (Friday 4/12, 3:00PM – 4:00PM CT)
Join members of the Hasbro team from a galaxy far, far away as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars product line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings & more. No, this is not a trap!
Inside Fantasy Flight Games (Saturday 4/13, 11:00AM – 12:00PM CT)
Go behind the scenes with Fantasy Flight Games, creators of the world’s premier Star Wars board games, card games, collectible games, miniatures games, and roleplaying games! Here, you’ll get the chance to ask your own questions for Head of Studio Andrew Navaro, Visual Creative Director Brian Schomburg, Miniatures Game Manager John Shaffer, and Producer Molly Glover. You’ll also catch a glimpse of what FFG has planned next for X-Wing!

Q&A

Are all of these panels going to be livestreamed?
In a word, no. The panels in the fancy graphic and accompanying list are most likely to be streamed, but the rest are probably consigned to the land of liveblogging and tweets if folks on the outside want to know what's up. I'll link to those once I find a decent source.

So, no panels on Thursday?
Seems to be the case.

A Rebels panel, huh? Any chance of a Sabine/Ahsoka series announcement there?
Nope.

I want to re-litigate The Last Jedi and my turgid hatred for everything Star Wars post-Disney!
That's nice, but there are other places on this forum to do that. This thread is mainly for discussing the panels (and subsequent announcements) as they occur, in addition to serving as a place where any ERA members who might be attending Celebration themselves to post about their experiences.

The reservation lottery system they made up for the big panels fucking sucks!
Yeah, it does. Hopefully they think of something better for the next Celebration!

Who are these annoying people giving awkward interviews and stretching for time in-between the panels?
That's Andi and Anthony (of The Star Wars Show fame), and actually, they're great.

Why isn't [insert panel here] listed?
I dunno. Check here for a comprehensive list and here for an even more comprehensive calendar-style list that also includes events on the Fan and Collector stages.




May the Force be with you.
 
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Star Wars Pinball is coming to Nintendo Switch
StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that Star Wars Pinball is heading to Nintendo Switch, both on the eShop as a digital download for Pinball FX3 and as a physical retail release on cartridge. The game will come packed with its previously released collection of 19 digital pinball tables, including those based on the prequel, classic, and sequel trilogies, Rogue One, Solo, and the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The Switch edition is also getting all-new modes: the community-based Galactic Struggle, which allows players to contribute points to the light or dark side; a new Career mode, in which fans choose the side of the Jedi or Sith as they work their way up the ranks; and a Force Training mode for pinball Padawans.
Alan Tudyk to return as K-2SO in Cassian Andor Live-Action Series
There is more than a 97.6 percent chance that K-2SO fans will be very happy.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today that Alan Tudyk will reprise the role of K-2SO in the upcoming Cassian Andor live-action series for Disney+, the Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service launching November 12. For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Tudyk both voiced K-2SO and performed motion-capture for the towering droid, who quickly became a fan favorite thanks to his wit and sense of loyalty.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Panel & Teaser





First Look at Star Wars: Episode IX Product Packaging
Collectors can finish what they started and pick up toys and other merchandise for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker on Triple Force Friday this fall.

But today, fans got their first peek at the packaging for the line, with a piece of box art revealed at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Check it out below!

Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series- Episode I Official Trailer



7 Things We Learned from the Hasbro Panel
From a fan-favorite animated character brought to life in the Black Series, to a mind-blowing prototype, the reveals from Hasbro’s panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago made one thing clear: the company is changing the way we think about Star Wars toys.
12 Insights and Announcements from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel
On the same day we got our first look at the teaser trailer for Episode IX and an official title for the film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm Publishing confirmed a galaxy of new stories being prepped ahead of the film’s release this December.

Lucasfilm Publishing’s Creative Director Michael Siglain announced plans for a Journey to Episode IX program similar to the books that have preceded Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

And although he was mum on other details, there were plenty of other announcements and insights during the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
6 Things We Learned from the LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Panel
Not only does 2019 mark the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Celebration, but that of LEGO Star Wars, as well. A full playset of LEGO Star Wars creators assembled on the Galaxy Stage at Star Wars Celebration Chicago to share reminiscences, insights, and a couple brand-new announcements. Here’s what we learned.
Revelations at the Music of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Panel with David Collins
Galaxy Stage host and Star Wars music devotee David Collins treated Star Wars Celebration Chicago attendees to a delightfully intricate exploration of John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace — now enjoying its own 20th anniversary.

“I had absolutely nothing to do with the score of this film,” Collins jokingly reminded the audience. To him, music “enhances the story” of a film and is itself a sort of universal language. “We understand it when it is spoken to us,” he explained, “but many of us don’t readily speak it.”

Collins’ layman-friendly analysis centered in on two central compositions from Episode I. If you have your Star Wars soundtracks handy, you might do well to grab them and listen along!

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Official Reveal Trailer



7 Highlights from the Collectibles Panel
A museum-worthy bust of the queen of Naboo, lightsabers so intricate they look like you could ignite them at any moment, and a towering replica of Chewbacca were just some of the highlights during a collectibles panel hosted by Lucasfilm’s Brian Merten Friday at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
6 Things We Learned from the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Panel
The minds behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, gathered for a special panel discussion — “Bringing Star Wars to Life at Disney Parks — today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Hosted by Josh Gad, the panel featured Scott Trowbridge (portfolio creative executive / studio leader at Walt Disney Imagineering), Asa Kalama (executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering), Margaret Kerrison (managing story editor at Walt Disney Imagineering), Chris Beatty (executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering), Doug Chiang (Doug Chiang, legendary concept artist and now vice president and creative director at Lucasfilm), and Matt Martin (creative executive, Lucasfilm Story Group). This preview featured a look at the Hondo Ohnaka Audio-Animatronics figure, new announcements, and much more. Here are six things we learned.
8 Highlights from Rebels Remembered Panel
Star Wars Rebels may be over, but fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago were reunited with cast members Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray, as well as show runner Dave Filoni, to talk about the fourth and final season.
5 Things We Learned from the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Panel
Respawn Entertainment is here at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and the company has brought something very exciting with them: the story reveal trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This is the developer behind Titanfall, the massively acclaimed Titanfall 2, and mega-hit battle royale Apex Legends, and this fall they’re bringing players the first all-story, single-player-only Star Warsgame since 2010’s The Force Unleashed II. Saturday’s Celebration panel in Chicago featured a discussion between host David Collins, game director Stig Asmussen (God of War III), Respawn CEO Vince Zampella (Call of Duty), narrative lead Aaron Contreras (BioShock Infinite), producer Kasumi Shishido, and the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Steve Blank.
Marvel's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1 Art and More Revealed
Star Wars Celebration Chicago attendees got a peek into the future of Star Wars comics — no Force powers required. Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group, Tom Groneman (assistant editor ), writers Greg Pak and Ethan Sacks, and cover artist John Tyler Christopher gathered for a discussion on their work thus far and what’s to come. Here are the biggest announces and insights.
6 Surprises from Inside the Mos Eisley Cantina
Mos Eisley cantina expert/effects artist/Regal Robot founder Tom Spina returned to Star Wars Celebration for another installment of his in-depth cantina history panels. “The cool thing about Star Wars is that there’s always more to discover,” Spina explained. He joined stage host Amy Ratcliffe to unveil some rare trivia and even add a small (but important!) addition to the Star Wars lexicon.
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The Mandalorian Panel & off-screen Behind-the-Scenes Reel and Teaser Trailer



See New Photos from The Mandalorian
Today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Jon Favreau (executive producer and writer) and Dave Filoni (executive producer and director) pulled back the curtain on The Mandalorian — the first ever Star Wars live-action series, coming November 12 to Disney+. Check out several new photos revealed during the panel below, featuring the Mandalorian and our first looks at Greef (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano), as well as the official logo.


9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel
The Mandalorian has strolled into our lives, a mysterious figure in a gleaming helmet, a man with no name, his identity hidden by a mask. On Sunday, fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago were among the first to see finished footage of the character from the forthcoming show, the first live-action Star Wars series slated to premiere on Disney+, responding with cheers and a standing ovation for the gritty and immersive world of bounty hunters, scum and villainy.
5 Things We Learned at the ILMxLAB Panel
You’ve already seen the first breathtaking trailer for Vader Immortal, a virtual reality experience coming later this year, which made its debut at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. But did you know that Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio ILMxLAB has been developing and experimenting with virtual and mixed reality for years? At Celebration, the team assembled a fascinating panel that offered behind-the-scenes glimpses into the projects we’ve seen from ILMxLAB, along with teases of what we might find in the dark halls of Vader’s Castle on Mustafar.
9 Things We Learned from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Panel
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the beloved animated series, is not only saved — it’s alive and well. In a panel today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Dave Filoni, supervising director on the series, actors Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Dee Bradley Backer (Rex, clone troopers), Sam Witwer (Darth Maul), and more of the cast discussed the return of the show — and offered a glimpse at what’s to come when it debuts on Disney+. Here are 9 things we learned, along with many of the images shown, including concept sketches from the original production of the show, new character designs, and stills from upcoming episodes.
9 Highlights from the ILM Model Shop Panel
For more than 40 years, the hardworking talents behind the curtain at Industrial Light & Magic have been conjuring worlds and rewriting the rules of cinematic storytelling. During Sunday’s Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel, host David W. Collins was joined by legendary modelmaker Lorne Peterson, model makers Bill George, Jean Bolte, and John Goodson, and visual effects supervisor John Knoll as they recounted their decades of experience helping to forge the Lucasfilm legacy. Here are some of the most exciting moments from their discussion.
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5 Highlights from The Phantom Menace Anniversary Panel
As we approach the anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which launched the prequel trilogy 20 years ago next month, filmmakers and cast members joined fans the celebrate Episode I at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
The event was launched in 1999 just prior to the film’s premiere, and many of the cast members from the then forthcoming movie made their first appearance in Denver, Colorado during a very wet and muddy event. Two decades later and the excitement for the beginning of the Skywalker saga has not waned.
New Tales from Vader's Castle Series Announced, Jaxxon Returns, and More from the IDW Publishing Panel
IDW Publishing, purveyors of charming all-ages Star Wars comics, revealed new storylines and art today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
Among the biggest announcements was that writer Cavan Scott will be taking a return trip to his creepy and acclaimed Tales from Vader’s Castle, with a new series launching this October. In addition, a box set of the original comics is on the way.
 
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I need to go to a star wars celebration one of these days. Sounds like a fun time. Never even been to a con before.
 

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Makes sense for Galaxy's Edge to show up here instead of D23 again. The land will be open by the time that happens. I'm hyped for new info
 

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I wish I had snagged some tickets for this! Had no idea it was going to be in Chicago until this week.
 

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Mural’s pretty dope, and I like how it’ll have a IX part on it, covered now
 

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Saw this on Reddit, closer look at the Rebels part of the mural. Weird seeing them in a non-cartoony art style.
 

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Saw this on Reddit, closer look at the Rebels part of the mural. Weird seeing them in a non-cartoony art style.
The comics and books have done realistic style for the characters.

I would've thought the fanbase would've scared Ahmed Best away from that movie. Glad he seems to be faring a bit better
When he's going to be making $80 a pop for an autograph and have a non stop line of people for it, he ain't turning that down.

Celebration is nuts, the most hardcore fans of the franchise and almost all the celebs have huge lines throughout the day. They charge insane money for it too and the fans are paying.
 

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christ episode 1 is 20 years old

more time between now and episode 1 than there was between jedi and episode 1

i can't
 

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So what is the process if I want to go to this next year? I know this probably isnt the best time to ask, as this year is literally just starting, but I'm curious.
 

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So what is the process if I want to go to this next year? I know this probably isnt the best time to ask, as this year is literally just starting, but I'm curious.
They usually announce the location and date range for the next one during the closing ceremony. So tune in to the livestream monday and they will most likely announce the city and dates for next year.

Edit: If there is one next year. The fact there wasn't a closing ceremony at the last one and there is at this one makes me hopeful, however.
 

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It's a 20th Anniversary retrospective panel with some of the cast and crew:


really wish Jake Lloyd would be there, that kid did not deserve the shit the garbage part of the fan base gave him. Also one of the only actors who probably gave his time to voicing himself in 5 video games giving it authenticity in sound and feel.



pretty sure he was arrested though 4 years ago and put into a psych facility and is diagnozed with schizophrenia
 
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