Star Wars Celebration 2015

Note: We first published this piece on March 24. We’re republishing it now with the event starting Thursday.

Star Wars Celebration, the world’s only official Star Wars convention, comes to Anaheim, CA April 16-19. This is when and when fans expect to learn more information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also dive deep into their passion for a galaxy far, far away.

How and when you’ll do that has now been revealed as the full Star Wars Celebration schedule is online. The highlight, of course, is Thursday April 16th’s opening ceremony with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, but there is so much other awesome Star Wars stuff too. Q&A’s with stars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams. Panels on the secrets of The Clone Wars. The debut of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Screenings of all six films, some of which are in 3D and much more. Below, find the full Star Wars Celebration 2015 schedule as well as our 25 most anticipated panels and 5 biggest conflicts.

You can find the full Star Wars Celebration schedule here and these are our picks for the coolest events so far. For which you’ll be able to stream and which you may not, click here.

(Note: Descriptions are from the official page. If there’s no description, the site doesn’t have one.)

The 25 Coolest Events At Star Wars Celebration 2015

Abrams Kennedy Celebration

1. Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy

Thu. April 16| 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
NOTE: This event will be simulcast in multiple rooms at the event.

UPDATE: 2. Conversations with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank

Sun. April 19| 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo will be joined by directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, who will share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family. Learn how the teams came together and are collaborating to conceive and create the upcoming stand-alone films in the galaxy far, far away.

Note: This was added to the schedule yet late. It would’ve be #2 had it been announced initially. 

2a. Star Wars Celebration Closing Ceremony

Sun. April 19| 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
Come together at the Closing Ceremony at Celebration to relive some of your favorite moments of the weekend, and to see some of the highlights you might have missed. Nostalgic and fun, plus there might be a forward-looking surprise in the mix!

Star Wars Rebels Lightsaber fight

3. Global Premiere: Star Wars Rebels Season Two

Sat. April 18| 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Digital Stage – Sponsored By RealD
Witness the global premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire. Attendees will be the first to see the opening two episodes of season two following an encore screening of the series’ season one finale.

4. The Untold Clone Wars with Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo

Thu. April 16| 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Digital Stage – Sponsored By RealD
It’s a well-known fact with Celebration veterans that when Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo are on stage together, anything and everything is open to discussion. Don’t miss the masters do what they do best: dive into the details of both the known and unknown in Star Wars storylines. For fans of The Clone Wars, this show is a must!

UPDATE: 4a. Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Bad Batch” Screening and Panel Discussion

Fri. April 17| 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Digital Stage – Sponsored By RealD
Note: This event was added after initial publication. Here’s where it would have ranked.
Echo Lives! Find out how Captain Rex and company rescued their heroic clone brother in this unfinished four-episode Star Wars: The Clone Wars story reel.
As a thank you to all the fans who supported The Clone Wars, series Supervising Director Dave Filoni is sharing this extraordinary never-before-seen story arc – called “Bad Batch” – with fans attending Celebration Anaheim. The story arc contains four unfinished episodes (similar to the Utapau arc that appeared on StarWars.com) and features final voice performances, specifically by Dee Bradley Baker, who voices the elite clones of “Bad Batch” group.
This is a can’t-miss presentation for fans of The Clone Wars (and Echo!) so make sure to be at the Digital Stage at noon Friday! A Q&A with Dave Filoni, Dee Bradley Baker and writers Brent Friedman and Matt Michnovitz will follow.

Star Wars #1 review

5. One Big Story: Working Within the Star Wars Canon

Fri. April 17| 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Star Wars Fan Stage – 303ABCD
Last year Lucasfilm announced the beginning of a brand-new approach to storytelling: the continuing Star Wars universe would be one huge, entirely connected, canon saga across all media, overseen by the Lucasfilm Story Group. As a major provider of non-film or TV related creative content, publishers bear a responsibility to tell new and exciting stories within these parameters. What’s it like knowing that the projects you are working on are considered canon? How do you approach storytelling so it fits in with so many other types of media? How can publishers work together to help fans feel like they really are reading one big universe? And exactly where does the Story Group fit in? Join Michael Siglain, creative director and Jennifer Heddle, senior editor, from Lucasfilm and Disney publishing; editor-at-large Shelly Shapiro from Del Rey; editor Jordan D. White, VP International Development; C.B. Cebulski from Marvel; managing editor Sadie Smith from DK; and Leland Chee from the Lucasfilm Story Group as they discuss the new world that has opened up for Star Wars storytelling, and how to navigate the intricately interconnected world of a galaxy far, far away.

Mark Hamill Lightsaber

6. Double Feature! “Talking to Myself” Starring James Arnold Taylor & Mark Hamill: The Return of the Jedi

Sat. April 18| 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
James Arnold Taylor’s critically-acclaimed one-man show takes the audience on a fast-paced, multimedia ride through the life of a voice actor. In the production Taylor performs more than 200 different voices live. Followed by an unforgettable hour with actor and voice actor Mark Hamill, who brings the iconic character of Luke Skywalker to life in the Star Wars saga. There will be one seating for the two shows, and a 15-minute intermission in between. If additional seating is available for Mark Hamill, those seats will be filled in during intermission.

Carrie Fisher Celebration

7. Date With The Princess: Carrie Fisher

Fri. April 17| 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
Fresh from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Carrie Fisher talks about her life in the entertainment industry, her history in the Star Wars saga, and just about everything else that comes to mind.

Lando Calrissian Billy Dee Williams 700

8. Billy Dee Williams: Baron of Smooth

Sun. April 19| 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
Our favorite Star Wars baron administrator takes to the stage for an hour of talk about his life in and out of Cloud City.

Ian McDiarmid on Return of the Jedi set

9. Ian McDiarmid: The Emperor Strikes Back

Thu. April 16| 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
Actor Ian McDiarmid, who brought the deliciously evil Senator/Emperor Palpatine to life in the Star Wars saga, will be on stage to talk about his career in the performing arts as well as his time spend in the galaxy far, far away.

C-3PO Star Wars

10. Anthony Daniels: Inside the Heart & Chaos of C-3PO

Fri. April 17| 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Celebration Stage – Sponsored By Toys “R” Us
Anthony Daniels, the one actor to appear in all seven movies thus far, will be on stage to present a unique hour of entertainment. Expect the unexpected when the man behind C-3PO takes the stage.

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