Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 will have a lot to share with Star Wars fans when it gets underway in London this July. The Celebration event will undoubtedly highlight director Gareth Edwards' upcoming anthology/spinoff film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (and perhaps mark the debut of the second Rogue One trailer?), ahead of its theatrical release in December. Star Wars gaming will have a big presence at the Celebration too; in addition, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill is going to take a short break from the ongoing Star Wars: Episode VIII production to hang with a lucky fan during the festivities.
Celebration is also the perfect time for Disney/Lucasfilm to start drumming up interest for Star Wars Rebels season 3, before the animated TV series returns to Disney XD this fall. It has now been confirmed that Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni will be attending the 2016 Celebration, in order to do just that.
Per the official announcement on Star Wars.com, Filoni and "special guests" will be bringing "highly guarded sneak peeks" for Star Wars Rebels season 3 to this summer's Celebration event in London. The first two episodes of Rebels season 3 will premiere during the event too, while Filoni and his fellow guests will be participating in a Q&A session when they take the stage during Celebration. Here are some official details regarding that matter:
A long-time Star Wars fan himself, Filoni’s direction has added depth and resonance to the universe and characters with the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Fans at Celebration are in for great programming, and some unforgettable Q&A sessions, whenever Filoni takes the stage.
Star Wars Rebels season 2 integrated certain fan-favorite characters from Filoni's Clone Wars animated series into the former's ensemble, including clone trooper Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) and Anakin Skywalker's former Padawan apprentice, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). Although Ahsoka's story has yet to be told in its entirety, it seems her time on Rebels has reached its end, following the events of the season 2 finale, 'Twilight of the Apprentice". That may be for the best though, as the last scene in "Twilight of the Apprentice" foreshadowed big developments ahead in the continuing story of young Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray) - the kind that ought to benefit from receiving as much onscreen development as is available (now that Ahsoka has served her purpose in that narrative).
Similarly, there's still much untapped story potential in the ongoing tales of the Ghost's other crew members - even as Star Wars Rebels moves closer and closer to the status quo in a galaxy far, far way at the time of the events in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Much like Clone Wars before it, Rebels's storytelling approach has only grown more refined and mature with each subsequent season thus far, so that's something that bodes well for season 3, whatever it has in store for Ezra and his friends.
Star Wars Rebels season 3 will premiere on Disney XD in fall 2016.