Star Wars Celebration 2022 is here at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, and opening day on Thursday featured Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase. It was an event filled with many epic moments. These included a choir that filled the stage performing “Duel of the Fates” by the phantom menaceJohn Williams conducting an orchestra on his 90th birthday, Harrison Ford promoting the next Indiana Jones movie, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Diego Luna for Andor, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni for The Mandalorian Season 3 and Ahsoka and more. .
Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase premiered many exciting projects, including trailers for Andor and Willow and teaser images and logos for the fifth Indiana Jones film.
Duel of the Fates
Obi Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen took the stage to talk about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans were excited to see the two actors together again.
The actors were then joined by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and cast members Moses Ingram and Rupert Friend. Audiences expected some footage to be shown, but were surprised by the announcement that they would get a chance to see it before everyone else at the red carpet premiere of the first two episodes that night.
Near the end of Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase, Kennedy discussed how Obi-Wan Kenobi never had a theme song. With the Obi-Wan series, John Williams composed the theme for the popular Jedi. The composer surprised the audience during the exhibition as he conducted the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as they performed the theme. Take a look at the topic below.
Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi picks up 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat: the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Obi Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow and executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+.
Diego Luna made an appearance on stage before a joyful crowd. He was embracing the atmosphere and the crowd reacted with more cheers. The actor reprises his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One, and will be the lead in Andor, the upcoming Disney+ series that is based on the horror of the Empire. He was joined by creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy, executive producer Sanne Wohlenberg, and Genevieve O’Reilly, who reprises her role as Mon Mothma. The poster and trailer debuted at the event.
Synopsis: Andor will explore an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue. Cassian Andor embarks on a path that will make him the rebel hero who will challenge the evil Galactic Empire.
Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor and is joined by cast members Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is the creator and showrunner.
Andor launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 31, with the first two episodes.
Yeah, we’re getting a live-action Willow series, and Warwick Davis will be back as the main character. The series is based on the classic 1988 film by director Ron Howard. He will return to the world of fantasy as an executive producer. Howard and his fellow executive producer Jonathan Kasdan arrived onstage and wowed the crowd with Davis. They were later joined by cast members such as Joanne Whalley (returning as Sorsha), Ruby Cruz, Ellie Bamber, and Erin Kellyman. The teaser trailer was released during the presentation.
Synopsis: An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story begins with an aspiring wizard from a Nelwyn village and a little girl destined to unite the kingdoms, who together help destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where goblins, sorcerers, trolls and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes embark on a perilous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and find themselves… Come together to save your world.
Willow premieres November 30 on Disney+.
Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni shared the stage to talk about how Ahsoka is now in production. Filoni said that he is directing some of the episodes and said that Rosario Dawson, who plays the title character, is busy on set. He sent a video greeting to the audience in his Ahsoka makeup and outfit.
Synopsis: Ahsoka will follow the former Jedi Knight as she investigates an emerging threat to the vulnerable New Republic. The new series is scheduled for release in 2023 and will be exclusive to Disney+.
The Mandalorian Season 3
Favreau and Filoni later brought the theme back to The Mandalorian Season 3, and introduced Katee Sackhoff, who will return as Bo-Katan.
A sneak peek of season 3 was shown. One of the highlights is seeing Bo-Katan sitting on her throne and looking unhappy.
As for Din Djarin, he will try to redeem himself after taking off his helmet and losing his right to be a Mandalorian. He will need Bo-Katan’s help. We see the return of some characters, including Carl Weathers as Greef Karga. He seems to be moving up in the world with his fancy new clothes.
There’s also a shot of Bo-Katan kicking butt. She tells Grogu, “Did you think your father was the only Mandalorian?”
Jon Favreau announced The Mandalorian Experience, an exhibit filled with props, costumes, and sets from the show at Star Wars Celebration. Here’s a short video of the Mandalorian with Grogu greeting us below.
Synopsis: The Mandalorian and Grogu meet again and continue their journey, facing enemies and gathering allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous post-collapse era of the Galactic Empire.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ in February 2023 and is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew
Favreau and Filoni had another surprise for Star Wars Celebration with a new Star Wars series on Disney+ called Star Wars: Skeleton Crew. They brought on series creators Jon Watts (Spider-Man: No Way Home) and Christopher Ford (Spider-Man: Homecoming), who will join as executive producers.
The show will be set in the era of the New Republic. Follow a group of kids lost in the Star Wars galaxy as they try to find their way home. Filoni reassured older fans by saying that it will still be dark and even his animated shows have dismemberments etc. Watts and Ford announced that Jude Law will star in the series. Skeleton Crew will premiere on Disney+ in 2023.
During Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase, John Williams directed a performance for the Obi-Wan Kenobi theme. He then surprised the audience with a rendition of the Indiana Jones theme. Then Harrison Ford showed up to honor Williams on his 90th birthday, which was really emotional. He also made a joke about how the theme song will follow him forever wherever he goes. This was a good move to promote the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie. Director James Mangold, Katheleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall also joined the stage.
There were no images, but a photo of a silhouette of Indiana Jones in another adventure was posted. Williams has composed the music for the previous Indiana Jones films. He will score the upcoming film, which opens on June 30, 2023.
About Indiana Jones 5: Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary archaeologist hero for this fifth installment in the iconic franchise. Joining Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann and Toby Jones. The film is directed by James Mangold, with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel producing, and Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer.