Star Wars Celebration 2016 live stream
I’m live in London covering Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 throughout the weekend. There is a bunch of big news expected to break surrounding projects such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Episode 8, the untitled Han Solo standalone film, Star Wars Rebels and much much more (here are our predictions). So please stay tuned to slashfilm.com throughout the weekend as we’ll try to breakout the major developments and bring you coverage of the major presentations. StarWars.com will be live streaming some of the cooler panels and presentations throughout the weekend, and you can watch that live streaming now after the jump.

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The Force Awakens

The dream of the Lucasfilm Story Group is that everything will be connected: the movies, the books, the games, the comics, the VR experiences, everything. So far the books seem to be feeding off of the movies, explaining after the fact how we got to our current place in the Star Wars timeline. But as we progress in this new trilogy, the books and the movies will be interwoven, telling the story of this galaxy in unison. At the DK Publishing presentation at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the books are already beginning to inform future Star Wars stories. In fact, an old expanded universe book resulted in changes to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.

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Gareth Edwards Rogue One Interview

After the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story presentation, we got an opportunity to chat with director Gareth Edwards. During the roundtable discussion, Edwards talks about creating the Jedi mecca in the film, a new planet called Jedha, the very unique shooting methods he employed on this production, the decision to include Darth Vader in his story and what concerns come with that, and I ask if we will get any aerial battles in this Star Wars film. Hit the jump to watch the Gareth Edwards Rogue One Interview in video or text format.

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rogue one video breakdown

By now, you’ve probably watched the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sizzle reel that premiered at Star Wars Celebration. Heck, maybe you’ve watched it twice. Three times. But did you go through it frame-by-frame and pick out every exhausting detail like an insane person? Because I did. And I did it all for you. Let’s take a look, shall we?

And please note that there are no direct spoilers here, but I ask questions and come to conclusion that could be seen as spoiler-ish. So use your best judgment here.

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The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story presentation ended the opening day of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, giving us a new peek into the characters and story of the upcoming Star Wars standalone film.

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Droid

Rebel fighter Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is the intelligence officer in the Alliance who tries to keep Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s bounty hunters and rebels together. During the film’s panel at the ongoing Star Wars Celebration, Luna didn’t make Andor sound very well-liked, but he did say the character has one friend he can trust. That friend is K-2SO, a droid played by Alan Tudyk.

Below, learn more about the droid, whom Tudyk compares to “old people.”

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rogue one behind the scenes

At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the thousands of fans who piled into Hall H for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel expected to see a new trailer for the most eagerly anticipated film of 2015. Instead, director J.J. Abrams revealed that they weren’t ready to unveil a new trailer…but they had something else. The video they played was key to energizing the narrative around The Force Awakens, a movie that was, at the time, surrounded by mixed buzz and engendering uneasy feelings amongst the most devoted fans. A look behind the scenes of the film proved to be just as powerful as a traditional preview, touching every nostalgic note while promising a move to the future.

Now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is attempting a similar narrative at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in London. While just about everyone was expecting a new trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ new movie to arrive with the film’s panel, Lucasfilm has instead released a video that takes us behind the curtain, offering tantalizing glimpses at the film’s set and the scale of this ambitious production.

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Star Wars Rogue One Poster

Star Wars Celebration is in full swing and the panel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took place today with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Gwendoline Christie talking to the filmmakers and cast of the first standalone story in the galaxy far, far away. In addition to all the little details coming out of the convention, the new Star Wars: Rogue One teaser poster also debuted today, and it features the Death Star looking over the paradise planet that we learned today is called Scarif.

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Mark Hamill in Force Awakens
Mark Hamill took the stage for the first big presentation for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a one hour question and answer session with the Jedi Master. Up front Hamill warned that he is contractually obligated not to talk about Star Wars Episode 8 or the future of the Star Wars movies, but this was one of his first public appearances where he could really talk openly about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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