Marvel might not be bringing any television series or films to the San Diego Comic-Con party, but don’t worry, Hall H will still be plenty exciting. Lucasfilm has announced their Star Wars plans for the convention, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have a panel in Hall H on Friday morning, July 10, 2015. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasdan will be present along with “special guests.” If the guests are anything like the ones who were at Star Wars Celebration, it’s going to be quite the occasion.
Though I expected the usual Star Wars Comic-Con panels about publishing and toys, I’m pleasantly surprised to hear about The Force Awakens. I thought they would push any big news about the film to D23 Expo in August. I’m guessing this means we’ll get a new trailer and maybe even a synopsis and character reveals. When you consider how long it’s been since there was a Star Wars film panel at Comic-Con–well, I think Lucasfilm is going to go all out with the presentation. It’s exciting! Thinking about length of the line to get into Hall H for that panel, however, is a little terrifying. OK, a lot terrifying.
Besides Episode VII, Lucasfilm will bring panels looking at books and collectibles. They’re all happening on Friday, July 10. The schedule:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hall H
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB
Join a dynamic, all-star, New York Times-bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in conversation with Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain about the new Star Wars retellings for a younger generation of fans. From picture books to novels, these authors present A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became legends for legions of fans.
Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB
Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.
Hasbro Star Wars, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room: 7AB
Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings, and word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.
Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 7AB
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. In attendance will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardline categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.
ILM 40th Anniversary, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room: 7AB
For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures — to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
Remember, Comic-Con doesn’t clear room in between panels so you could go ahead and live in room 7AB all day.
Then, throughout the weekend, fans will have the opportunity to try Disney Infinity 3.0 with Star Wars characters.
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at San Diego Comic Con 2015
For the first time, Star Wars joins forces with characters from across The Walt Disney Company in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition – the next chapter in the best-selling hybrid toy/video game series. Fans are invited to the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at the heart of Gaslamp District, for the opportunity to play as Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul or any of the Star Wars characters featured in Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire.
Whew. Which Star Wars panels do you plan to attend? Will you brave the Hall H line? Head to the comments and let me know.