Anaheim Star Wars Celebration

SW Celebration Anaheim poster
SW Celebration Anaheim poster

Last week, the Star Wars Celebration was held in Anaheim from April 16-19, and no shortage of amazing news came with it. Not the least of this was the new Star Wars trailer, which we knew was going to be seen in front of the new Avengers movie, but was rumored to be leaked (in J.J. Abrams’ standard method of “accidentally” “leaking” trailers) prior to the movie. While not leaked, we still got to witness the wonder before expected.

Beyond this excitement, however, there’s more! From Anaheim we also saw the trailer for the new Star Wars Battlefront game, being developed by the Swedish EA developer DICE (Digital Illusions CE), the developer responsible for the Battlefield series of games, as well as a number of others. The trailer (here) was developed using the game’s engine, but does not show game play footage. The game, the third in a series, is slated for release on November 17th of 2015 in North America, and the twentieth of November in the U.K. Like the earlier games in the series, the game will give players the ability to battle on the side of the Empire or the Rebel alliance in battles that are both present in the movies (such as Hoth or Endor), as well as some not present in the movies for greater variety.

The final interesting piece of information was the revelation of details about Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars Anthology titles, which is currently expected to have four movies. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters and Godzilla) and is expected to be released December 16th, 2016. So far, only Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has been cast. Due to similarities between the names Rogue One and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Disney made a deal with Paramount Pictures to not discuss Rogue One until fall of 2015; the lone exception was the Anaheim celebration. Little is known about the plot, but it has been revealed that it involves the mission to steal the original death star plans, sometime between Star Wars Rebels, and Episode IV.

Other smaller panels, and a special screening of four unreleased Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, also took place. Thanks to this weekend-long event, there’s plenty of new info to keep us waiting with bated breath. We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick rundown of Anaheim; come back often for more fun movie and fan information!