Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Panels Revealed; Confirms ‘Tales of the Jedi’ Are “Animated Anthology Shorts”

Lucasfilm has formally revealed many of their panels for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. In the process, we have finally learned that Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is an animated anthology. It looks like the link to the panels on the Star Wars Celebration site is now down, perhaps published early by mistake, but that’s why we’re here! Here is a rundown of the major panels happening during the four day event, according to what the official site had previously published. Keep in mind, it is possible more significant official events/surprises are added between now and the event.


Lucasfilm has unveiled a number of Star Wars panels for their big convention this year. It seems possible that not all panels have been announced so far, so we’ll let you know if and when more are added. (All times are in the ET time zone.) Here are the highlights by day:


Thursday, May 26


Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)


Star Wars Celebration returns, launching with a must-see showcase that will kick the weekend’s festivities into hyperdrive. Lucasfilm’s current crop of live-action filmmakers will be joined by special guests to discuss the many Star Wars adventures coming soon, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and The Mandalorian.


Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories form a Galaxy Far, Far Away (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)


From adult novels to kids comics, from the time of the High Republic to the rise of the First Order, this is the place to dive deeper into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Featuring details on new and upcoming titles from Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, Dark Horse, and more! Including all-new announcements and reveals from a galaxy far, far away! Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain.


Ian McDiarmid: An Audience with The Emperor (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)


“I am all the Sith.” Join Ian McDiarmid, who portrayed Chancellor and then Emperor Palpatine in all three trilogies of the Skywalker saga, for a discussion that is sure to reveal rare insights and behind-the-scenes stories from the celebrated actor who provided some of the most resonant, bone-chilling performances in all of the Star Wars saga.


Ahsoka Tano: The Purest Example of What the Jedi Should Be? (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)


Ahsoka Tano has become a beloved Star Wars character as her story has spanned The Clone Wars, Rebels, the Ahsoka novel, comics, The Mandalorian, and the Ahsoka series. But why has she become such an inspirational fan favorite? Should she have walked away from the Jedi Order? And how did leaving the Jedi Order affect her future? We will also discuss our favorite Ahsoka moments, our favorite aspects of her character growth, what we think of her in live action, and did she become the purest example of a Jedi only after leaving the Order?


The High Republic: For Light and Life (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)


Centuries before the Skywalker saga there was The High Republic! Join moderator and The High Republic Show host Krystina Arielle, along with luminous authors Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule, along with Lucasfilm’s James Waugh and Michael Siglain, for an in-depth conversation about the golden age of the Jedi. Including all-new announcements and reveals from Phase II: Quest of the Jedi!


Star Wars Original Props and Costumes (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)


An exploration of the wonderful world of collecting original props used in the making of the Star Wars movies. Come along and get hints and tips on all aspects of collecting the greatest collectible of all, an actual piece of the movies we hold so dear. This panel will focus on how to get started and learning the how-to’s of collecting props and costumes from the Star Wars films.


Friday, May 27


The Summer of LEGO Star Wars (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)


Join the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm as we celebrate the Summer of LEGO Star Wars. Panelists from across Consumer Products, Games and Animation will highlight all the ways fans can enjoy and interact with Star Wars from the unique LEGO lens. Dive into the expansive galaxy within the newly released LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game, discover brand-new construction sets that are sure to keep you busy this year and learn about even more ways to get your LEGO Star Wars fix this summer.


Lucasfilm Publishing: Behind the Page (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)


Explore the world of non-fiction, novelty, and behind-the-scenes books for fans of every age. Featuring details on exciting new and upcoming titles from Abrams, DK, Insight Editions, and more! Including all-new announcements and reveals from a galaxy far, far away!

How Rey Defined a New Star Wars Generation (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)


The Star Wars sequel trilogy introduced a timeless character in Rey. She guided a new generation of Star Wars fans into a brand new universe they can feel a part of. Celebrate her character with a panel discussing her best moments, legendary battles, and how she means so much to so many.


Star Wars: Attack of the Clones 20th Anniversary Celebration (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)


The shroud of the dark side has fallen! Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, the movie that not only introduced a lightsaber-wielding Yoda, a coming-of-age Anakin Skywalker, and clones, it also ushered in a new era of digital cinema, which two decades later has become an industry standard. Special guests and behind-the-scenes content will be revealed in this can’t-miss commemoration of the 2002 epic.


Go beyond the spires in Virtual Reality: Making of the ILMXLAB’s Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge (3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)


Take a look behind the curtains with the creators of Star Wars: Tales from The Galaxy’s Edge, the virtual reality experience that transports you to the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost, lets you visit Seezelslak’s Cantina, and explore the wilds of Batuu.


Hasbro Star Wars Panel (3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)


Join members of the Hasbro & Lucasfilm team as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line, including the Black Series and The Vintage Collection. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure and premium roleplay offerings from throughout the saga. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises. May the Force be with you!


From a Galaxy Far, Far Away to a Disney Park Near You (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)


A chronological journey through Star Wars experiences at Disney Parks around the world, starting with the earliest collaborations between Disney and Lucasfilm, Captain EO and Star Tours, leading all the way through to the newest immersive experiences, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts), Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser (Walt Disney World Resort) and Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge (Disney Cruise Line), featuring some of the key team members from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm.


35 Years of Star Tours Adventures with D23 (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)


Lightspeed to Endor! Join D23: The Official Disney Fan Club as we celebrate Disney’s original Star Wars attraction – Star Tours! From the misadventures of Captain Rex (RX-24) to the unexpected new destinations of today, we trace the 35-year journey of this iconic and innovative ride with some of the talented Imagineers and filmmakers who have brought the Star Wars universe to life in Disney Parks!


Let’s Play Star Wars! – A Galaxy of Tabletop Games (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)


The best place to experience the spellbinding stories and colossal conflicts of the Star Wars galaxy is your nearest table! Join three of Asmodee’s tabletop gaming studios (Atomic Mass Games, Fantasy Flight Games, and Z-Man Games) as they explore the process of making Star Wars games, reveal behind-the-scenes secrets, and provide a glimpse of upcoming releases. Bring a bag… you may even leave with a few games of your own! Moderated by Asmodee’s Justin Bolger.


Behind the Audiobook: Making an Audio Original Star Wars Adventure [PRH Audio] (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)


Get the inside scoop on how Star Wars audiobook originals – including Doctor Aphra and The High Republic: Tempest Runner – are brought to life, from conception to recording. Moderated by PRH Audio executive producer Nick Martorelli.


Saturday, May 28


Exploring the Universe: The Books & Comics of Star Wars (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)


Join us for an exciting discussion about the past, present, and future of Star Wars books and comics. Look back at the importance of Legends and celebrate the excitement of continuity in Canon. Have a look at the Star Wars timeline and the overarching eras ripe for exploration. If you’re a new reader, enjoy a discussion about some of the best content to pick up first and where to go once you get on your feet. If you’re a veteran, revisit your favorites and approach some of the lesser known gems hidden in the vast galaxy of media. It’s a huge universe out there. Let’s explore it together!


Mando+: A Conversation with Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)


In their first appearance at Star Wars Celebration since the premiere of The Mandalorian, join Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni with special guests for a look back and a look ahead at what’s to come.


Behind the Scenes of The Mandalorian & The Book of Boba Fett (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)


Return to the sands of Tatooine as members of the visual effects, creature effects, and sound teams pull back the curtain on their work for The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett to meet the creative challenges put forth by showrunners Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez. The team will share how practical puppets, advanced animatronics, CG animation, and cutting edge sound combine to bring the creatures to life. The filmmakers will also illustrate how miniatures continue to play a role in visual effects, and explain the latest advancements in virtual production from the ILM StageCraft team that helped pioneer the technology.


Star Wars: Hunters – Welcome to the Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)


On the planet of Vespaara, the galaxy’s greatest fighters assemble in the Arena to compete for glory and credits. Star Wars: Hunters will introduce a unique original cast of characters, facing off in thrilling 4v4 arena combat. Join the Zynga and the Lucasfilm teams to learn about how this spectacle will come to life, hear developer insights, and see behind-the-scenes glimpses at upcoming content.


Tales of the Jedi (2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)


Tales of the Jedi animated anthology shorts. Hosted by Amy Ratcliffe with special guest Dave Filoni.


Doug Chiang: Designing The Mandalorian (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)


The Mandalorian Production Designer and Lucasfilm’s Vice President and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang will present an in-depth talk about designing the characters, spaceships, and worlds for Star Wars‘ first live action series The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. He will share his design process and showcase rare artwork to offer insight into the Lucasfilm Art Department’s creative process. He will reveal the challenges they faced in developing memorable new characters like Grogu and the Mandalorian. Attendees will also have the chance to ask Doug their own questions.


Marvel Star Wars Comics (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)


Make mine Star Wars, and make mine Marvel! Join Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski and some of Marvel’s top talent for a comics conversation unlike any other. Including all-new announcements and reveals from a galaxy far, far away!


I am C-3PO with Anthony Daniels (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)


Go behind the mask with Anthony Daniels as he recounts his years bringing your favorite protocol droid to life. Watch as he chronicles iconic moments, fan-favorite stories, and perhaps some things you have never seen or heard before!


Sunday, May 29


Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)


“Strap in kid, you’re not gonna want to miss this view.” Join host David Collins as he invites Star Wars: The Bad Batch executive producer and supervising director Brad Rau, executive producer and head writer Jen Corbett, story editor Matt Michnovetz, actors Dee Bradley Baker (the Bad Batch) and Michelle Ang (Omega) to discuss highlights from the first season of the acclaimed series as well as some exciting hints of what’s to come in season two!


A Look Back at Star Wars: Visions (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)


Join team members from Lucasfilm and Qubic Pictures as they discuss the development and success of Star Wars: Visions. Hosted by longtime anime and Star Wars fan Chastity Vicencio, the panelists will discuss how they worked with Kamikaze Douga, Studio Colorido, Geno Studio, TRIGGER, Kinema citrus Co., Production I.G., and Science SARU to bring Star Wars: Visions to life, share highlights from production, and show never before seen concept artwork, and more.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Siege of Mandalore Screening (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)


Join host David Collins and special guests Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck and Athena Portillo for a special screening of The Siege of Mandalore, the cinematic final chapter of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


Behind the Scenes – The Creatures of Return of the Jedi (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)


Movie monster fans won’t want to miss this in depth exploration of the Return of the Jedi‘s aliens! Join special guest and Return of the Jedi creature maker, Kirk Thatcher along with FX artist Tom Spina (Regal Robot, Tom Spina Designs), Amy Ratcliffe, and Jason and Gabe from Blast Points Podcast as they turn their keen eyes towards the throne room of Jabba the Hutt and the wondrous creatures of ROTJ with a showcase of rare images and stories from the making of the film.


Celebration Anaheim Closing Ceremony (3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)


Gather with your friends and fellow Star Wars fans to relive the best moments of the weekend and bid farewell to another Star Wars Celebration. Featuring special guests, weekend highlights and much more, this is a send-off you won’t want to miss!


Aside from these highlights, there are also plenty of other panels that will be held over four days, which you can view here. We will be sure to keep you covered on any updates to this schedule and any news that drops at the convention.


And if you’re around, be sure to check out The Resistance Broadcast‘s free live podcast event at Radiant Brew Co. Saturday May 28th. Happy hour is at 5:30, and the live podcast starts at 6:30PM. All ages are welcome! RSVP to the event HERE to guarantee free exclusive SWAG!



Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022 will be held from May 26-29th.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.