That’s right, exactly 4 months after Celebration, Star Wars will be back in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. Disney officially announced that on August 15, they will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm…
For the people who are not familiar with this event, the D23 was introduced on March 10, 2009 by Robert Iger during the company’s annual meeting in Oakland, California. The name D23 refers to D for Disney and 23 for 1923, the year when Walt Disney arrived in Hollywood and the company was founded. The goal of D23 is to communicate with Disney fans by “placing them in the middle of the magic.” (wiki)
Here’s the official press release (via D23.com):
D23 is happy to announce the lineup of the Expo’s most highly anticipated presentations, taking place August 14–16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar.
On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. On Saturday, live-action titles such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book and films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, along with some very special guests, take center stage. Then, on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.
To showcase these Expo favorites, Disney is creating “Hall D23,” a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center, so that more guests than ever can see the presentations live and in person.
The preview of The Force Awakens during the event is really a no-brainer. The real question is, will they screen new footage. My guess is that they probably will.
It’s more interesting to see if they will also show something about the first Anthology movie – Rogue One. The reason I believe they will give more details about the movie is, because the D23 event is just 2 weeks after Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation hits theaters. As you probably remember a deal was made between Disney and Paramount, in which Disney agrees to keep mum about Rogue One until Rogue Nation is released (July 31). Which means that Disney can start promoting their movie starting from August, exactly when the D23 event takes place. 😉