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Check Out the Full Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Schedule

StarWars.com has released the full Celebration Chicago schedule for the Celebration, Galaxy, and Twin Suns stages, featuring panels, discussions, and more. It has all the intel you need to ensure that your Celebration experience will be long remembered. (To see what’s happening on the Fan, Podcast, and other stages, head over to StarWarsCelebration.com.)

Celebration Stage Schedule

Wintrust Arena

The Celebration Stage will shine with bright stars and original entertainment all weekend. Hosted by Celebration fan-favorite actor Warwick Davis, the Celebration Stage will present not-to-be-missed productions, intimate conversations, and live events that Star Wars fans will be sure to add to their Celebration weekend plans.

There’s not just a show on the Celebration Stage, but there’s a pre-show, too! DJ Elliott and Mark Daniel will get the stage rocking before every performance.

Thursday, April 11

No Stage Programing

Friday, April 12

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Star Wars: Episode IX

Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages

With the culmination of the Star Wars saga arriving before the end of the year, the Star Wars: Episode IX panel is one you will definitely not want to miss!  With Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams appearing onstage, you can count on plenty of surprises and special guests to keep your imagination buzzing for the rest of Celebration! Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages.

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series

Join ILMxLAB and Oculus for a sneak peek at the first Star Wars story series designed for virtual reality, Vader Immortal. Learn more about this immersive descent into Darth Vader’s fiery Mustafar fortress from the people behind its story, design, and technology.  

4:00PM – 5:00PM

The Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars

Take a deep dive into the Pinewood Studios-based Star Wars creature shop, where Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan and team designed and built every alien, beast and droid for this new era of Star Wars movies. Step-by-step, the process of crafting amazing creatures and droids will be explored, from design and sculpting to fabrication, animatronics, painting and puppeteering.

Saturday, April 13

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks

Discover new details and stories about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – the new, fully immersive lands coming to Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019. Join team members from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm as they share stories about what it takes to bring Star Wars to life and how visitors can live their very own Star Wars story. And, there might just be a few surprises, too!

1:30PM – 2:30PM

The Galaxy-Wide Premiere of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Join the head of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Zampella, and Game Director, Stig Asmussen, along with many special guests, to be the first to learn about this holiday’s highly anticipated action-adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Hear how Respawn and Lucasfilm collaborated on this original Star Wars story, following a young Padawan’s journey in the Dark Times following Order 66. And, of course, we’ll have a few surprises in store.

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Sisters of the Force, A Celebration of Women and Star Wars

Star Wars is full of powerful women, from its characters to its actors, its creators and executives to its fans! It takes countless stories and people to keep our beloved Star Wars universe thriving, and this panel will celebrate the role women play in making it all happen! Join moderator Ashley Eckstein and guests, Vanessa Marshall, Catherine Taber, Amy Ratcliffe and many others (including some surprises) for an incredibly inspiring, empowering and fun discussion!

Sunday, April 14

11:00AM – 12:00PM

The Mandalorian

Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages

Learn about the perilous world of The Mandalorian with executive producer and writer Jon Favreau and executive producer and director Dave Filoni. Live on the Celebration Stage and presented simultaneously at the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages.  

1:30PM – 2:30PM

In Conversation with Alan Tudyk

Alan Tudyk, who played the unforgettably surly and defiant Imperial-turned-Resistance droid hero K-2SO in Star Wars: Rogue One, joins the stage with host Warwick Davis to discuss his role in the fan-favorite stand-alone Star Wars film along with other memorable characters he’s portrayed throughout his career.

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Sneak Peek

Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Twin Suns Stage

Dave Filoni and special guests celebrate the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and share a sneak peek at what’s to come.

Monday, April 15

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Celebration

Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy Stage

Every saga has a beginning. Join host Warwick Davis as we honor 20 years of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace! We’re turning the pages back with rare, behind-the-scenes content and special guests brought together to share their memories and insights into the film’s creation. Now this is celebrating!   

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Short Stories with Warwick Davis

Buckle up and enjoy an unexpected and unpredictable retrospective into the prolific roles and career of the host of the Celebration Stage, and the record holder for the actor who has played the most Star Wars characters – Warwick Davis. Wicket, Wald, Weazel, Wollivan, Weeteef, Wodibin (are you detecting a pattern here?) and other Star Wars characters have all been masterfully played by Warwick, along with several characters from other popular movie franchises.   

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Celebration Chicago Closing Ceremony

Live on the Celebration, Galaxy, and StarWars.com Stages

Gather with your friends and fellow Star Wars fans to relive the best moments of the weekend and bid farewell to the 20th anniversary of Star Wars Celebration. Featuring special guests, weekend highlights and much more, this is a send-off you won’t want to miss!

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Hayden Christensen to Join Fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

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Fans of the Chosen One and the actor who portrayed him in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, will now get the chance to meet Hayden Christensen at Star Wars Celebration Chicago next month.

Christensen is just the latest in a long line of most impressive Star Wars talent slated for the Topps autograph area. 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!

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The Mandalorian Panel Confirmed for Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Learn about the perilous world of The Mandalorian with Jon Favreau (executive producer and writer) and Dave Filoni (executive producer and director) in a special panel discussion on Sunday, April 14, at 11 a.m., live on the Celebration Stage and presented simultaneously at the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages.

The Mandalorian, set to debut on Disney+, stars Pedro Pascal (Narcos) in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, alongside Gina Carano (Deadpool), Carl Weathers (Predator), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Warrior).

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

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Resistance’s Bobby Moynihan headed to Star Wars Celebration Chicago

The actor behind the shrewd business-minded Chadra-Fan, Orka, and the Star Wars legend who brought Wicket the Ewok to life will join fans for Star Wars Celebration Chicago next month.

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Comedian and longtime Star Wars fan Bobby Moynihan, who plays half of the Acquisitions odd couple on the Star Wars Resistance animated series, will make his Star Wars Celebration debut.

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You can also meet Warwick Davis, who has played an array of characters and aliens in the Star Wars galaxy since his first performance in Return of the Jedi.

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And Lorne Peterson, one of the founding members of Industrial Light & Magic who was hired to help create models for Star Wars: A New Hope, will also be there

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along with creature performer Annabelle Davis,

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and Penny McCarthy, who played a Devaronian cantina patron as well as a member of the band in A New Hope.

These are just the latest in a long line of most impressive Star Wars talent slated for the Topps autograph area. 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!

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Rogue One’s Forest Whitaker & More Set to Join Fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

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Forest Whitaker, who played Saw Gerrera, the paranoid and grizzled leader of a band of extremists in Rogue One, is heading to Star Wars Celebration Chicago next month.

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And he’s not alone. The Academy Award-winning actor will be joined by Katee Sackhoff, the voice of legendary Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. 

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Droid builders Lee Towersey, a longtime model building hobbyist who became part of Neal Scanlan’s practical effects team bringing R2-D2 to life for the sequel trilogy, will be on hand,

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as well as Josh Lee, who mechanized K-2SO for Rogue One and served as building supervisor and chief engineer on BB-8 for the sequel trilogy,

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and Matt Denton, the electronic design and development supervisor for Rogue One and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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And Hugh Quarshie, who played Captain Panaka, Queen Amidala’s loyal protector in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, will join fans, as well.

These are just the latest in a long line of most impressive Star Wars talent slated for the Topps autograph area. 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!

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