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Star Wars Celebration has come to an end. The floodgates have closed and, once again, Star Wars news has been reduced to a steady trickle instead of a tidal wave that threatens to engulf us all. But as expected, this year’s convention was eventful, to say the very least. The past four days have brought us news about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels, Disney’s upcoming Star Wars theme park lands, and every other corner of the universe.

And just in case you missed anything, we’ve gone ahead and compiled everything you need to know in one helpful place.

The Last Jedi Trailer

The biggest news to come out of Star Wars Celebration 2017 was the release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, which is gorgeous and enigmatic and perfectly happy to raise more questions than answers.

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Watch And Rad Our Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdowns

If you want to delve further in the Last Jedi trailer, you’ve got options. First, you can watch our own Peter Sciretta take to the Star Wars Celebration stage to dissect the footage with a few fellow writers/nerds (they’re briefly interrupted by the arrival of a very excited John Boyega). And then you can read our extensive trailer breakdown, where we poke through the footage shot-by-shot and attempt to discern exactly what’s going on.

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The Last Jedi Teaser Poster: What Does It Mean?

The first poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived alongside the trailer. While it’s very cool art, it doesn’t seem to tell us very much about the movie…or does it? So we took a deep dive and decided to explore every nook and cranny of this one-sheet to see what we could find.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer

As expected, the upcoming fourth season of Star Wars Rebels will conclude the series, bridging the gap between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. It doesn’t premiere until later this year, but here’s the first trailer.

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Everything We Learned From The Last Jedi Panel

Although the biggest news to come out of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel was the release of the first trailer for the film, there were plenty of other tidbits and reveals to be found. We compiled them all into one handy-dandy post, which explores the state of the galaxy following the destruction of the Republic, how Rey’s meeting with Luke Skywalker will not go according to plan, and everything we know about the new character, Rose, a Resistance maintenance worker played by Kelly Marie Tran. And if you want even more, here’s a bunch of stuff we learned from interviews that took place after the panel, including details on the opening crawl, the return of AT-AT walkers, and whether or not anyone has seen a rough cut of the movie yet.

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Everything We Learned About Star Wars Rebels Final Season

And while we’re doing news round-ups, here’s everything we learned about Star Wars Rebels season 4, straight from the show’s panel.

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A New Planet

While we still don’t know its full purpose, we now know that the striking-looking planet with the red soil seen in the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a “mineral” planet called Crait. According to writer/director Rian Johnson, this planet is home to an abandoned Rebel base, so it was of strategic importance at one time or another. All we know for sure is that some kind of major battle is going to go down here.

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Will We See More Star Wars Episodes Beyond Episode 9?

Will see future movies in the “Skywalker Saga” (AKA the main Star Wars “episodes”) beyond Star Wars: Episode 9? Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy hedged her bets while answering this one:

I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.

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Jedha & Battle Of Scarif Won’t Be Featured In Rebels Final Season

Peter talked with Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni and learned that the Battle of Scarif will not be featured in the final season. We also shouldn’t expect to see Jedha, but Filoni talks about why he decided to introduce Two Tubes to the animated series.

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Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in Episode 9

Contrary to rumors saying that Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming sequel will make use of existing footage of Carrie Fisher, Kathleen Kennedy set the record straight: the late actress will not be featured in Star Wars: Episode 9 at all:

[Todd] was probably confused, because we finished everything in [Episode] 8, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away, so by the time we were well underway with Episode 9 – in our thoughts, we had not written the script yet – we regrouped, we started over again in January, so sadly Carrie will not be in [Episode] 9. We’ll see a lot of her in [Episode] 8.


Lando Will Not Appear in The Last Jedi

During a panel dedicated to Billy Dee Williams, the actor confirmed that Lando Calrissian, Han Solo’s old buddy and the Rebel commander who led the assault on the second Death Star, does not have a role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While it’s entirely possible that he’s not being completely honest with everyone and is hiding a cameo, it’s more likely that there’s just no room for him in a movie that already looks jam-packed. At the very least, now we need a canon reason for why Lando didn’t attend Han’s funeral.

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