San Diego Comic-Con will reportedly not feature panels for either Star Wars: The Last Jedi or the young Han Solo movie. This year is undoubtedly a big year for the Star Wars saga, with the hotly anticipated Episode VIII: The Last Jedi pegged for a December 15 release. Following a positive reception to the first Star Wars 8 trailer and a cast and filmmaker panel at Star Wars Celebration in April, Lucasfilm and Disney have effectively kept a shroud of secrecy around the production – with only the first and only real look at the film coming with Vanity Fair's extensive coverage to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie.
Han Solo, on the flip side, has also attracted a lot of attention, but largely because of the surprise firing of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and the hiring of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard to complete the production.
With Lucasfilm set to reveal new Star Wars information at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, a week before, word has unsurprisingly surfaced that neither The Last Jedi nor Han Solo will have panels at this month's SDCC – which is set for July 20-23 in Southern California.
According to San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog, The Last Jedi is skipping the event, at least as far as talent from the film is concerned. Contacting Lucasfilm's publicity unit for confirmation, the blog received a statement, saying, "Our presence at SDCC 2017 will be focused on our booth on the convention floor, so there will be no press events or interview opportunities this year.”
As for Han Solo, the blog An Englishman in San Diego didn't receive specific information about the film participating, but merely interpreted that Lucasfilm's statement (which they also received), meant that The Last Jedi nor Han Solo would be participating, since obviously both films fall under Lucasfilm's umbrella. Of course, it doesn't take a huge leap in logic to deduct that the Han Solo cast and crew would not be participating, especially since Howard just started picking up the pieces of the beleaguered production.
While the news will surely disappoint Star Wars fans, the move to skip the country's largest fan convention makes complete sense. With the D23 Expo scheduled for July 14-16 (Lucasfilm's presentation is set for July 15), it's hard to believe any Star Wars cast or crew members – if they did attend SDCC – would hold out on any information they could have presented a week before. After all, the D23 Expo is a Disney event, so it wouldn't make any sense to give another convention exclusive information when they can simply present it on their home turf.
While the unveiling of a new trailer from The Last Jedi at the D23 Expo is almost a given, Han Solo is another story. Howard, after all, is only a week into the production, and he has more than four months of production material to sift through before he dives into the last three weeks of principle photography (and what most certainly will be five full weeks of reshoots, which was previously budgeted). It would come as a shock if anything earth-shattering from the production would be unveiled, maybe apart from the reveal of the Han Solo movie's official title and some official production photos.
At the very least, fans will be pleased to know that Disney's Marvel properties will be participating in both D23 and SDCC, including Avengers: Infinity War.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019