While Battlefront II and the last season of Rebels were yesterday’s two big focuses, they were far from being the only big stories at the event. Here are crucial stories and details to come out of Star Wars Celebration Orlando in the final two days of the convention.
The Last Jedi Will Have A Three-Paragraph Opening Crawl
In spite of the fact that The Last Jedi picks up immediately after The Force Awakens, there’s still going to be an Opening Crawl that will kick everything off. The good news, though, is that it won’t be a boring recap of the events of TFA – director Rian Johnson has explained that there’s a lot of exposition to put out regarding the political state of the Galaxy Far, Far Away following the destruction of both Starkiller Base and the entire Hosnian System.
Star Tours Will Visit Crait
It’s been known for a while that Star Tours would be getting a new expansion that would serve as a tie-in to The Last Jedi, but what planet that would be remained unclear as a result of the secrecy around the project. At a recent panel discussing the future of Star Wars at Disney’s theme parks, it was revealed that the saline planet of Crait would be the next place that the galactic travel service will go to.
Captain Phasma’s Story Revealed
Captain Phasma has really lucked out with representation in media as of late. In addition to her role in the Poe Dameron comic book series and The Last Jedi promising to make up for her extremely limited role in The Force Awakens, it was confirmed that the character would receive two new stories centered around her – Phasma, a novel covering her rise to power, and Captain Phasma, a Marvel Comics miniseries showing how she escaped from Starkiller Base and what she did to get back in the First Order’s good graces between the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Disney Releases Star Wars Land Featurette
While the newest featurette discussing Star Wars Land doesn’t really tell us a lot about the park in production that we didn’t already know, it does have a lot of cool concept art and effectively shows the construction in progress.
Odds And Ends With Marvel And Del Rey
There were a couple of things mentioned in the Del Rey and Marvel Panels, and while they’re not substantial, they’re still worth mentioning. The first is that Luke Skywalker originally had a role in the Aftermath Trilogy – being the focus of an interlude chapter that was cut for unknown reasons. The second is that Mr. Bones, who also appeared in Aftermath, will somehow appear in the ongoing Poe Dameron comic series. Again, nothing huge, but still worth mentioning all the same.
Luke Doesn’t Seem To Recognize Rey When They Meet On Ahch-To
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Daisy Ridley helped explain the differences in the student-teacher character dynamic between Luke and Rey over Luke and Yoda or Luke and Obi-Wan, and while she states the obvious difference – that Luke is the teacher this time around – she also mentions that Luke initially doesn’t know who she is (something that was hinted at with the “Who are you?” line in the sizzle reel of footage for shareholders). It’s still worth noting, though, that Yoda didn’t appear to recognize Luke when he first appeared on Dagobah – and the script for TFA did describe Luke knowing who Rey was and why she was there – so there might be more to this situation than meets the eye.
Battlefront II Gives Fans What They Want
Fans had a lot of things to say about DICE’s reboot of the Battlefront series, and they clearly listened. The game will feature not only a single-player campaign (more on that in a moment), but will explore all three eras of the Star Wars films, take space battles to new heights, feature playable, upgradable classes, and have a much greater amount of content available at launch. Beyond what they’re adding to the game is a matter of what they’re taking out – the game’s DLC cycle will not be hidden behind an expensive Season Pass this time around. The creators claimed that the Season Pass format that they used limited the number of players that could access the new game modes, so the plan is for “something better” to serve as a way to distribute DLC for Battlefront II.
The Tale Of Inferno Squadron
What’s the subject of Battlefront II‘s single-player campaign, you might ask? You get to play as the bad guys this time around – or rather, the heroes of the villainous side. Following the destruction of the Death Star II, the noble-though-brutal Inferno Squadron doubled-down on their resolve to put an end to the Rebel Alliance and their successors. The campaign helps fill the gap between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens as it shows a team of Imperials fight the Rebellion in the Empire’s dying days before they turn around to help form the foundation of the First Order. It’s also been revealed that Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad book is actually the official tie-in novel to Battlefront II, in spite of being a direct sequel to Rogue One. The book will tell the story of how many members of the team circa Battlefront II met and their efforts to crush the now-leaderless Partisans following the destruction of the first Death Star.
Rebels Season 4 Will Be The Last
All good things must come to an end, and Rebels is no different. Dave Filoni has expressed that it was his creative decision to end the show at this point, with a final season to wrap everything up at the peak of the show’s narrative rather than to pad it out. As he described it, the last season of the show will be fifteen episodes in length, will take a darker direction, will revolve around tying up loose ends to the various plot threads, and will give the series a proper conclusion (the kind that The Clone Wars never got, as Filoni alluded to when he made this announcement). Joining the cast will be Warwick Davis as Rukh, Thrawn’s Noghri assassin from Star Wars Legends.
Dave Filoni Up For Directing A Live-Action Spin-Off
Part of the reason why Rebels is ending a little earlier than most people are expecting might have a little something to do with Dave Filoni’s plans for the future. Aside from his continued status as the executive producer of all animated Star Wars projects, Filoni just explained that he’s interested in directing a live-action Star Wars movie after getting a good idea of how he’d approach such a movie. While I would personally prefer that he makes an animated Star Wars film (and it’s only a matter of time until that happens), I certainly can’t say that I wouldn’t be interested in seeing what he’d do with a live-action film. The man knows the source material better than most, and I think it’d really show if he were put into the director’s chair. (Seriously, he’d be a great candidate for that Obi-Wan Kenobi movie we keep hearing about.)
Dave Filoni also walked in the Rebels Panel with an “Ahsoka Lives?” shirt, but after the trailer was unveiled, fans noticed that he’d taped a “!” over part of the shirt so that it now read “Ahsoka Lives!” – though, in typical Filoni fashion, he elected to not address it when pressed for details by a very excited crowd. The possibility of the character’s return after her ambiguous demise shown in the Season 2 finale of Rebels was first alluded to back in Celebration Europe III less than a year ago, and now it’s pretty clear that we’re going to see what happened to her in Season 4… Along with getting a clear idea of how she’ll live on.
Celebration 2019, Coming… Soon? To Somewhere?
For whatever reason, Warwick Davis and the people at Celebration Orlando said absolutely nothing about when and where the next iteration of the convention will be held. All we know is that the event will happen sometime in 2019, an before Episode IX hits theaters.
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