The recently announced schedule for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London promises a great deal of intriguing panels, celebrity appearances, screenings and much more for every manner of Star Wars fan. Having largely missed out on really showcasing what was in store for Star Wars die-hards in the coming months and years at this past June’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Disney has marked Star Wars Celebration as their big show for the year.
The three-day event, which runs from July 15-17 will take place on the weekend prior to San Diego’s famed Comic-Con. Although Star Wars will have a presence at SDCC, it won’t be comparable to the scale of what Londoners will be able to experience at Celebration. This of course is excellent news for those in London as well as Europe as a whole, but for American fans that don’t want to wait until 2017 when Star Wars Celebration comes to Orlando, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
Fortunately however, Disney is well aware of the plight of Star Wars fans beyond Europe and have taken the opportunity to announce via the video (above) that the Star Wars Show LIVE will be livestreaming from Celebration 2016 with hosts Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley. Among the panels, interviews and special guests on display, The Star Wars Show LIVE will also feature the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel, which is expected to include director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and other special guests all discussing the upcoming and highly anticipated film.
Set to premiere on July 15th, The Star Wars Show LIVE will run for the duration of Celebration 2016, with the Rogue One panel commencing its stream on Friday, July 15th at 11a.m. ET and 8a.m. PT. More of the show’s livestream schedule will be announced in the days leading up to Celebration 2016, but for now it’s only the Rogue One panel’s date and times that have been revealed. The massive three-day Star Wars event will host guest appearances from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis and Ray Park, who played Darth Maul. There will also be a roundtable with some of EA Games’ creative leaders in which new and upcoming games as well as games past and current will be discussed. All of this plus much more is likely available via The Star Wars Show LIVE stream.
The decision to livestream Celebration 2016 is truly a great one, as Star Wars fans around the world will now be able to join in on the fun in London. It’s not too surprising that Disney has allowed the event to be livestreamed, though it wasn’t initially apparent that they would. The truth of the matter is that this sort of coverage only stands to benefit both Disney and the Star Wars franchise by giving fans up to date access to such an iconic (and profitable) entity.
Ever since Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 was announced, many fans have been wondering whether or not the event would be covered in any online capacity. Now that it’s been revealed that the Celebration 2016 will in fact be livestreamed, there’s sure to be many happy Star Wars fans the world over, ready to take in the celebration come July 15.
Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 kicks off July 15th, 2016 and runs through July 17th.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Star Wars Rebels season 3 will premiere on Disney XD in fall 2016.