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Billy Dee Williams, Alan Tudyk Announced for Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Actor Billy Dee Williams, who portrays
Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars saga, is coming to Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

The original cape-wearing, smooth-talking, business man from the city in the clouds will join fans alongside Alan Tudyk, who played the wise-cracking K-2SO, the Imperial droid-turned-rebel hero in Rogue One.

During the event, you’ll also have the chance to see Kanan and Ezra reunite at a Celebration for the first time since we said goodbye to Star Wars Rebels, when Freddie Prinze Jr. and Taylor Gray make an appearance.

Other newly-announced stars include: Anthony Forrest, who donned a stormtrooper bucket on Tatooine and was “Jedi mind tricked” by Obi-Wan Kenobi;

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John Morton, best known as Dak, the other half of Luke Skywalker’s snowspeeder team in the Battle of Hoth;

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and two of the Empire’s finest officers, Julian Glover, who played General Veers, and Michael Culver, who was the ill-fated Captain Needa.

These are just the latest in a long line of most impressive Star Wars talent slated for the Topps autograph area, including Star Wars legend Peter Mayhew, and many more. You can purchase your autograph tickets now.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!Be sure to check out The Star Wars Show for this and other exciting news!

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Disney Announces Global Launch For Star Wars and Frozen 2-Inspired Products on October 4

Fans of two of the most anticipated films of 2019 – Star Wars: Episode IX and Disney’s Frozen 2 – can begin counting down to October 4when new products inspired by these two major entertainment events will begin hitting shelves around the world. Marking Disney’s first-ever, global simultaneous rollout for two entertainment juggernauts, retailers around the world will create unique celebrations for each of the franchises to honor their individual legacies.

“This is truly an epic moment for fans, families and retailers as products for two of the biggest-ever entertainment franchises hit shelves simultaneously,” says Ken Potrock, President, Consumer Products Commercialization. “We’ll be working with our partners to create suitably spectacular celebrations for each, in line with the excitement and anticipation of the legions of Star Wars and Frozen fans around the globe.”

TRIPLE FORCE FRIDAY

Triple Force Friday will celebrate the launch of a whole range of brand-new products from a trio of original Star Wars entertainment events, including products inspired by:

  • The highly anticipated, final installment of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: Episode IX
  • The first-ever Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian, set to debut exclusively on the upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
  • The latest title from EA and Respawn – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – a brand-new action adventure game releasing Holiday 2019

As Star Wars fans have come to anticipate, products spanning categories from toys to collectibles, housewares, books, apparel and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m.on October 4, 2019. Stores around the world will join the festivities with in-store events and midnight openings.

Commemorating merchandise introduced in advance of the episodic films, Triple Force Friday is an anticipated event for Star Wars fans around the world. Past iterations, including a live unboxing event that rolled through 15 cities worldwide in 2015 and a global in-store digital scavenger hunt using augmented reality technology in 2017, brought out millions of people who shared their experiences.

“With Disney’s Frozen 2 and Star Wars: Episode IX both launching in the same year, it will be a notable time for the toy industry,” says Juli Lennett, Vice President, IndustryAdvisor for The NPD Group’s U.S. toys division. “If history is any indication of future success, both Frozen and Star Wars will be among the top-selling properties of 2019, just as they were in 2014 and 2015/2016, respectively.”

Details of how Triple Force Friday will unfold will be revealed closer to the event, but fans can expect its legacy of unique experiences to continue, and for the new products to be kept under wraps until October 4, with additional new products continuing to roll out leading up to the theatrical release and beyond.

For more details on Triple Force Friday, those interested can visit StarWars.com and follow the conversation on social using #ForceFriday.

Frozen Fan Fest

Disney’s Frozen 2, the highly anticipated animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, will make its big screen debut on November 22, 2019. In celebration of the new film and fan’s excitement for the sequel, Disney and retailers around the world will kick off Frozen Fan Fest on October 4, 2019, when new product rolls out worldwide. Frozen Fan Fest will include product reveals, musical moments, in-store events and much more, introducing an unprecedented assortment of Frozen 2 product and offering fans the opportunity to join the Frozen characters as they set out on a new and epic journey beyond Arendelle. These special fan experiences will continue until the premiere date, with products continuing to roll out after the film’s release. The Frozen 2 product assortment spans categories including toys, apparel, fashion accessories, housewares, books and much, much more!

In November 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, which quickly ascended to unparalleled success, delivering over $1.25 billion in global box office sales and becoming the number one global animated release of all time. With its fresh take on the classic fairytale, featuring strong, empowered heroines, powerful songs, and a lovable ensemble of characters that captured the hearts of fans of all ages, the Academy Award®-winning animated feature created a cultural phenomenon.

The frenzy for all things Frozen continued to grow in 2014 and beyond, solidifying its place in the zeitgeist and translating into massive sales at retail. Frozen products flurried across toy industry and holiday wish lists with the National Retail Federation naming toys from the franchise property as some of the top toys for 2014. Anna and Elsa costumes sold over three million units that year and became the top costumes at Disney Stores around the world.

Frozen has since been propelled by new content including animated shorts and specials, a Broadway show that will begin touring this year, Parks attractions, character appearances, and retail category expansion across home goods, food, health and fashion.

Additional details on Frozen Fan Fest will be revealed later this year…stay tuned on social using #FrozenFanFest.

Emperor Palpatine Actor and More Announced For Star Wars Celebration Chicago

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Ian McDiarmid, the actor who portrayed Emperor Palpatine, will join fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago this spring.

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McDiarmid will also be joined by Brian Herring, half of the puppeteering team who operated BB-8 as well as other creatures and characters in the sequel trilogy.

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Veteran voice actor Mark Dodson, who helped bring Jabba the Hutt’s cackling court jester Salacious B. Crumb to life and has provided vocals for other Star Wars stormtroopers and aliens, will also be there.

The trio are just the latest in a long line of most impressive Star Wars talent slated for the Topps autograph area, including Star Wars legend Peter Mayhew, and many more. You can purchase your autograph tickets beginning this Wednesday, February 13, at noon PST.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!

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Peter Mayhew and More Guests Announced For Star Wars Celebration Chicago

The actor who first portrayed the legendary Wookiee Chewbacca is returning to Star Wars Celebration Chicago this year, and he’s bringing along some friends.

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Peter Mayhew will once again join old friends and excited fans to celebrate more than 40 years of his iconic character, Han Solo’s best friend and loyal co-pilot, Chewie.

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Meet Mayhew at the Topps autograph area along with newcomer Donald Faison, the actor behind the swaggering Rodian ace pilot Hype Fazon on Star Wars Resistance,

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and Jason Isaacs, the voice of the Grand Inquisitor on Star Wars Rebels.

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Reuniting with her Star Wars family will be Vanessa Marshall, who played Hera Syndulla on Star Wars Rebels.

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Also making her Star Wars Celebration debut will be Myrna Velasco, who brings an effervescent energy to Torra Doza on Star Wars Resistance; 

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Michael Pennington, Moff Jerjerrod in Return of the Jedi;

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and Tom Kane, a veteran actor from Star Wars: The Clone Wars who lent his voice to many characters including the narrator at the start of each episode and Master Yoda.

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Kane will be joined by his former co-stars Catherine Taber, the actor behind Padmé Amidala,

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and Dee Bradley Baker, who gave life to an army of clones on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and has added his voice to several other projects including Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance.

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And the father of all clones, actor Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett and Commander Cody in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith respectively, will also be there.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!

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New Guests Confirmed for Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Several new guests have been confirmed for the Topps autograph area at Star Wars Celebration Chicago!

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Ashley Eckstein, who portrayed Ahsoka Tano — Anakin Skywalker’s gifted apprentice turned rebel warrior — in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, is headed to the five-day fan event. Eckstein is also the founder of the Her Universe, a groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand.

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Joining Eckstein to meet and sign for fans is a galaxy of Star Wars veterans, including: Daniel Logan, the actor who brought young Boba Fett to life in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: The Clone Wars;

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Jett Lucas, who played Padawan Zett Jukassa in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith;

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Ken Leung, who portrayed Admiral Statura in Star Wars: The Force Awakens;

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Katy Kartwheel, an actor and circus performer who played HURID-327 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and was a creature performer in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, including the body of Rio;

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And finally, John Ratzenberger, who is known the beloved Cliff in Cheers and can be seen as Major Derlin in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more Star Wars Celebration Chicago updates!

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!