Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017 by Peter Sciretta
Later this week, I’m heading to Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration 2017, which runs from April 13 to April 16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Some big Star Wars announcements and reveals are expected to come out of the convention, and we’ll be covering it live. So stay tuned for our coverage beginning Thursday and running through the weekend.
But before we get to that, let’s run down what I think is going to happen (and what I think definitely will not happen). Here are my Star Wars Celebration 2017 predictions.
Star Wars Celebration 2017 Predictions
It should be noted that I have no inside information on any reveals scheduled for Star Wars Celebration 2017. What follows is pure speculation, backed up by facts and information and sources outside Celebration. Last year, I was right about some things, but also very wrong on a bunch of things.
The Last Jedi Trailer and Maybe Extra Some Footage
Okay, this one isn’t really much of a guess, as it is a definite plan. I know for a fact that Disney has a Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer ready, and I would think that the Last Jedi panel on April 14 at 11:00 A.M. will be the place they debut it. Disney has yet to premiere any trailers for the film, so this would be the first public look at the footage.
There is also a chance that they could do what they did with Rogue One last year and premiere a making-of video instead. After all, Lucasfilm has a history of doing this at conventions. They premiered a huge making-of piece at the Comic Con before The Force Awakens‘ release. So it’s entirely possible that the company will follow the usual formula and save the teaser for a big media event. Recently, Disney seems to have been premiering most of their big trailers in connection to big event programing on their TV networks.
But let’s remember that Disney showed the crowd in attendance at Star Wars Celebration Europe an exclusive trailer featuring a first look at Darth Vader in Rogue One. So it’s possible that Disney will premiere an exclusive bit for only those in attendance.
Han Solo: First Look and Title Reveal
When I attempted to predict the news at Star Wars Celebration Europe, this was one of my top guesses and it was wrong. It’s now a year later and we still not gotten a first look at our new Han Solo in costume, let alone a title for this movie.
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (or whatever it will be called) directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are not formally scheduled to appear at Celebration, but the 40 Years of Star Wars presentation promises to take a look at the past, present, and future of the franchise. With no Star Wars Celebration next year, this will be Disney’s last chance to present their Han Solo movie to the Celebration attendees. My guess is that the new Han Solo himself, Alden Ehrenreich, will return to the Celebration Stage and that we’ll get a first look at him in costume.
We still don’t even have an official title for this Star Wars standalone story, so it’s possible that Disney will finally give this movie a name at the convention.
Star Wars Theatrical Versions Finally Getting Home Video Release
After decades of tinkering by creator George Lucas, it’s been rumored that the original cuts of the Star Wars trilogy have been remastered in 4K by Disney. There have been many rumors surrounding the release of these non-Special Edition versions on home video, and none of them have yet to come to pass.
Disney and Lucasfilm have been teasing that the 40 Years of Star Wars presentation will be full of some big announcements. It seems like this would be the would be the perfect venue to announce that the original theatrical editions of the original Star Wars trilogy will finally be released in a remastered format. If so, the other big question is whether or not Disney bring these versions back to the big screen before the home video release,
Thank The Maker: George Lucas Returns to Orlando
There has been a lot of speculation about what may go down during the 40 Years of Star Wars presentation at the convention. Disney has been hinting that there will be some big surprises, not just people, but possibly announcements. We already know that the list of guests in attendance for the panel includes Hayden Christensen, Kathleen Kennedy, Dave Filoni, Mark Hamill, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Billy Dee Williams.
It seems almost obvious that one of the surprise guests might be the series’ creator himself, George Lucas. Of course, since the sale of his company to Disney, the filmmaker has made some public statements about the new owners of Star Wars that weren’t very flattering. So it’s entirely possible that he won’t show up at the event, but the puzzle pieces just seem to fit too perfectly.