Star Wars Celebration 2016 Full Schedule: The Panels You Need to Watch

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Star Wars fanatics everywhere are in for a treat over these next few days, as it’s almost time for the yearly tribute to all things related to the galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Celebration 2016, an event which is sort of like Comic-Con but just for Star Wars, will be held from July 15th to July 17th in London.

But if you’re not in London or were not able to get tickets for the event, don’t worry; the official Star Wars YouTube channel provides a high-quality live stream of every single event throughout the weekend. Check back in right here tomorrow morning for a link to the stream.

A few of the scheduled panels will mainly be of interest to super hardcore fans, like an hour with Ray Park, the actor who played Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. But a few others will be of great significance to anyone wondering about the future of this franchise. On Friday morning, a new Rogue One trailer is expected to be revealed, and on Sunday, it is speculated that we may find out the title of Star Wars: Episode VIII. 

Here is the full schedule of panels being held throughout the weekend, followed by each panel’s official description from StarWarsCelebration.com. If you won’t be able to watch live, check back in right here during the scheduled time for live updates from the panel.

Note: All times are local, i.e. five hours ahead of Eastern Time and eight hours ahead of Pacific Time.

FRIDAY:

  • An Hour With Mark Hamill – 11:00 a.m.
    • Start your Celebration weekend off in the best possible way, by spending time with the Jedi Master himself. Mark Hamill will chat with the audience, answer questions, and tell stories from his years in entertainment and from his point of view portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe.
  • Ahsoka’s Untold Tales – 1:00 p.m.
    • Join The Clone Wars and Rebels Supervising Director Dave Filoni, actress Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano) and Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo to discuss untold tales of Ahsoka’s past, from her discovery by the Jedi Order as a young child, to her adventures in unproduced episodes of The Clone Wars, to the chapters of her life newly revealed in the Ahsoka novel and more!
  • ILM Presents: Star Wars Archeology  – 2:00 p.m.
    • John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer, Doug Chaing, Vice President Executive Creative Director and Kevin Jenkins, Supervising Art Director will take attendees on a journey through amazing stories and rarely seen imagery from the Star Wars films. From the design development of spacecraft through sets seen from a new perspective, the panelists will tell the stories behind some of the earliest effects and the most recent.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 4:00 p.m.
    • Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? Find out, when Gareth Edwards – director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a revealing can’t-miss Rogue One panel!

SATURDAY:

  • Droids of The Force Awakens – 10:15 a.m
    • Meet Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey, the builders who brought the R2 units of The Force Awakens to life, as well as animatronics and programming experts Matt Denton and Josh Lee, the engineering team behind the iconic BB-8.
  • The Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 12:00 p.m.
    • Take a deep dive into the Pinewood Studios-based Star Wars creature shop, where Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan and team designed and built every alien, beast and droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Step-by-step, the process of crafting amazing creatures and droids like Maz Kanata, BB-8, the luggabeast, Unkar Plutt and Supreme Leader Snoke will be explored; from design and sculpting, to fabrication and animatronics, to painting and puppeteering. The panel will culminate in a live demo of one of the creature shop’s incredible Star Wars characters!
  • Keeping Up With The Fetts – 1:00 p.m.
    • The favorite Star Wars character Boba Fett has spanned generations of fans, and two generations of actors have portrayed the iconic bounty hunter. Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan appear together with host David Collins for a fast-paced hour on the fringe.
  • Anthony Daniels, Without Protocol – 2:00 p.m.
    • It’s always bright and shiny when our favorite protocol droid takes the stage. Don’t miss Anthony Daniels, the human behind C-3PO. Expect the unexpected as Daniels and host Warwick Davis have a marvelous time, sometimes at the expense of unsuspecting audience members.
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 3 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Still recovering from the epic Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale? Feel like you have more questions than answers about what the future holds for the crew of the Ghost? Fear not! Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni will be joined by special guests to share highly-guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels season 3 including a screening of the first two episodes!
  • Marvel’s Star Wars Comic Books – 5:00 p.m.
    • The adventures of our Rebel heroes and Imperial ne’er-do-wells continue every month in the ongoing comic book series produced by Marvel Comics. The editor of Marvel’s Star Wars line, Jordan D. White brings and overview of the House of Ideas’ parsec of the Galaxy Far, Far Away and perhaps a glimpse of what’s to come. Joining him are writer Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), artist Phil Noto (Poe Dameron, Chewbacca), and artist Marco Chechetto (Obi-Wan & Anakin, Shattered Empire).
  • MEET ILMxLAB: The Future of Immersive Entertainment – 6:00 p.m.
    • Join key members of ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s new immersive entertainment group, for a personal look at their journey over the past year and how they’ve harnessed the pioneering spirit that inspired storytellers and technical artists to improvise, innovate, and imagine a galaxy far, far away. In their first Celebration panel ever, hear untold stories behind creating immersive entertainment on new media platforms like virtual and mixed reality from the creators themselves and get a special glimpse into the future of immersive entertainment – which may be closer than you think.
  • The Minds Behind EA’s Star Wars Games – 7:00 p.m.
    • Join us for a roundtable discussion about what’s it’s like to create Star Wars games. The creative leaders behind Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic™ and other upcoming Star Wars video games from EA will share behind-the-scenes stories and reveal news about the future of Star Wars games at EA.

SUNDAY:

  • Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries – 11:00 a.m.
    • Buckle up. Our favorite Princess is coming and she will certainly have something to say. Join Carrie Fisher, the force behind Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, for an hour of insights into the world of one of our favorite characters on and off the screen.
  • Lucasfilm: The Art of Storytelling – 12:00 p.m.
    • A view into the new era of Lucasfilm with leaders from ILM, Skywalker Sound, ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm Animation and the Lucasfilm Story Group. Get a glimpse into the inner workings of the company that started it all.
  • Ray Park Unleashed – 1:00 p.m.
    • Ray Park, the actor and champion martial artist behind the iconic character of Darth Maul, will take the stage for an hour of insights and interaction. Always two there are – Park will share the stage with Celebration Host and Sith apprentice Warwick Davis.
  • Future Filmmaker Discussion & Closing Ceremony – 4:00 p.m.
    • Get a glimpse of what the future holds in the Star Wars galaxy when Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo hosts a discussion with filmmakers Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord (the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story) in what will be Sunday’s must-see event at Celebration Europe. There are sure to be some surprises in store for the audience, so make sure you stop by the Celebration Stage as we close out the weekend’s festivities on a high note! After the Future Filmmaker Discussion, stay for a fond farewell to the weekend at the Star Wars Celebration Europe Closing Ceremony. Your celebrity host, Warwick Davis, will re-live some of the best moments of your weekend with hosts David Collins and Amy Ratcliffe, and tell you about some happenings you might have missed.