What to expect from Star Wars Celebration 2022

After a three-year hiatus, Star Wars Celebration is back this week — and it looks like it’s packed with news from film, television, and gaming. This year’s edition includes an in-person event at the Anaheim Convention Center. But if you don’t want to brave the crowds, many of the more notable panels and events will also be streamed on the Star Wars YouTube channel like the front page of StarWars.com. This is what you can expect to see.

The next big movie

It’s been quiet on the theatrical side of Star Wars since The Rise of Skywalker, but we know there are multiple movies in the works with big names like Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. There’s a good chance we’ll hear about at least one of these projects, even if it’s just confirmation that it’s still alive.

When to watch: You can hear about the new film – or films – during a panel titled “Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase,” which will showcase the studio’s “current crop of live-action filmmakers.” It takes place on May 26, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT.

A First Look at Star Wars: Andor

The Rogue One spin-off starring Diego Luna is expected to debut this year, but so far we’ve seen and heard little of it. So expect to see Andor well represented at Celebration, most likely with a debut trailer and maybe even a premiere date.

When to watch: Andor is scheduled to appear at Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase on May 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT.

The third season of The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian concluded its second season at the end of 2020. And while the bounty hunter and his little alien friend made some notable appearances in The Book of Boba Fett, a full-fledged third season is also on the way. Like Andor, we know little about the new season, so expect some details, along with a possible trailer and premiere date.

When to watch: The Mandalorian is scheduled to appear at Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase on May 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT. If we don’t find out about Season 3, there’s also “Mando+: A Conversation with Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni,” which is out May 28 from 11 a.m. – noon PT.

A first look at Ahsoka

Earlier this month Lucasfilm confirmed that production on Ahsoka — a standalone series in which Rosario Dawson returns to her role from The Mandalorian — was officially underway. That means it might be too early to expect anything like a trailer, but at least some mention will likely be made about the series, especially given how closely the Star Wars series has been intertwined on Disney Plus.

When to watch: Ahsoka isn’t exactly on the schedule, but it could be a surprise at Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase on May 26, 11am-12:30pm PT.

The Unveiling of “Grammar Rodeo”

A recent Vanity Fair cover story teased the existence of a coming-of-age Star Wars story codenamed “Grammar Rodeo.” (That name comes from an iconic episode of The Simpsons.) Details are thin, but the show is headed by director Jon Watts and writer Chris Ford, who previously worked together on Spider-Man: Homecoming.

When to watch: Like Ahsoka, this series isn’t on the schedule, but if it does, it will likely be another one showing during — you guessed it — Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase on May 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT.

Tales of the Jedi reveal

We already know that Lucasfilm is working on a new animated Star Wars anthology called Tales of the Jedi, but that’s about all we know. But a panel devoted to the new series should shed some light on what to expect from the anthology.

When to watch: The Tales of the Jedi panel will take place on May 28 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT.

A second season of Star Wars: Visions

Speaking of animated anthologies, there’s also a chance we’ll get news of a second season of Visions, which will see big names from the anime world tasked with creating original Star Wars stories. It was a refreshing take on the sci-fi universe, and there’s a lot of potential to revisit it for even more.

When to watch: There will be a Star Wars: Visions panel on May 29 from 12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT.

video games

There are quite a few Star Wars video games in the works, developed by everyone from Ubisoft to Amy Hennig’s new studio. While we don’t know for sure, two games in particular may be making an appearance: Respawn’s sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order and a modern remake of the classic Knights of the Old Republic.

When to watch: There aren’t actually many panels devoted to video games, at least none of the blockbuster titles mentioned above, so this could be wishful thinking. But we’ll keep an eye on the event just in case.

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