‘Star Wars’ Celebration 2023: A Recap Of Major Announcements
The Star Wars Celebration kicked off its opening day in London with a series of announcements about some of Lucasfilm’s most highly anticipated productions. These include Disney+ original series such as Star Wars: Ahsoka and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, as well as upcoming feature films like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
Star Wars: Andor – Second Season Sneak Peek
The activities on the Celebration Stage began with host Ali Plumb welcoming Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to reflect on the success of the highly acclaimed Disney+ original series Star Wars: Andor. Fans were treated to an exclusive first look at the second and final season, which is currently in production.
Star Wars: The Acolyte – Overview and Sneak Peek
Next, Leslye Headland, creator and showrunner of Star Wars: The Acolyte, joined Kennedy on stage. Headland offered an overview of the mystery-thriller, which will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era. Headland wowed the crowd with a sneak peek at the series, which is currently in production.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Third Season Discussion
The focus then shifted to Star Wars: The Mandalorian as Kennedy invited the series’ executive producers, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, to the stage. The duo, along with fellow executive producer Rick Famuyiwa, were on hand for a discussion of the third season of the hit show.
Skeleton Crew – Introduction and Sneak Peek
Next up, Skeleton Crew star Jude Law took to the stage to officially introduce his young co-stars. The team shared insights about the series and their characters, and offered a sneak peak of the series, which is currently in production.
Ahsoka – Premiere Date and Teaser Trailer
Transitioning to this year’s next highly anticipated Star Wars series, Favreau and Filoni announced Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson in the title role, will premiere on Disney+ in August 2023. Dawson unveiled a teaser poster for the series and was then joined onstage by co-stars Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Feature Films – Tribute to Neal Scanlan and Upcoming Projects
Afterward, feature films became the focus of the day’s presentations, with Kennedy paying tribute to Creature and Special Makeup Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan. Kennedy then revealed that Star Wars will head into the future with a new feature set 15 years after the last events of the Skywalker Saga.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – Trailer and Poster Reveal
Finally, the stars and filmmakers of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny dazzled the crowd with a never-before-seen trailer, an extensive look at the film, and a brand new poster. The film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, May 18, and opens in theaters on Friday, June 30.
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