This spring’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando is expected to be the grand coming out party for Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the films are merely one area of the larger franchise that will have a presence at the convention. In addition to dominating the big screen, the galaxy far, far away is also prominent on television in the form of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Introducing a bevy of new characters to the canon, the show depicts the early days of the Rebellion in their struggle against the Empire and has fleshed out the universe through three seasons.
Recently, Lucasfilm confirmed the program was being renewed for a fourth season that will debut in the fall. The timing of the announcement led many to believe Celebration would be the source for some new information about the continuation of Rebels, and now it’s officially revealed that is the case. The Ghost crew is coming to central Florida.
On the official Star Wars Celebration website, it’s stated Rebels executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni will have a panel on Saturday, April 15 that will include “special guests” as well as an “epic sneak peek” of what’s in store for the show in its upcoming season. The event takes place just a couple of weeks after the Rebels season 3 finale, so hopefully the fans are riding on a high and excited to see what the future holds for Kanan, Ezra, and the rest. Rebels is known for delivering strong trailers, so whatever preview Filoni has planned should bring the house down.
In the Star Wars timeline, Rebels is starting to get closer to the events of Rogue One, which concluded just minutes before the beginning of A New Hope. As the series inches towards the films, some are starting to wonder if Rebels‘ days are numbered and it won’t go past a fourth season in order to maintain consistency within the canon. It will be interesting to see if any news on that front is shared at the panel, since that will be a question on many viewers’ minds. There’s still a lot of story to tell with the characters, but sooner or later they’re going to have to have some kind of resolution or else there could be pesky retroactive plot holes in the original trilogy.
Nevertheless, this year’s Celebration is shaping up to be much bigger in scale than last year’s, which some considered a disappointment due to lack of fun reveals. In three days, attendees are going to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, be treated to the first Last Jedi teaser, and then find out what’s next for Rebels. There’s a lot to look forward to, and even those who can’t make it to Orlando should have fun keeping up with all that’s released. As for the young Han Solo movie, the rumors of D23 being the spinoff’s big convention seem all the more true now.
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays on Disney XD.
Source: Star Wars Celebration