Though Star Wars Celebration 2017 hasn’t even kicked off yet, Lucasfilm has officially announced that the convention won’t be returning in 2018 and instead will next take place in 2019. They wrote the following on their official site:
“Celebration is the official, definitive Star Wars event, with entertainment, interactive experiences and exclusives that can only be found at this Lucasfilm production. They are the ultimate community fan gathering as well, and friends will want to start planning to be together again to commemorate everyone’s favorite saga. The next official Celebration is slated for a location and date soon-to-be announced, in 2019.”
Fans expected Star Wars Celebration would have become an annual event once it restarted in 2015 with the Star Wars franchise itself releasing a new film a year. 2018 won’t be entirely Star Wars-free though, as the Untitled Han Solo film will be released on May 25, 2018.
Lucsfilm did make two more announcements about this year’s Star Wars Celebration, confirming that Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, will host a panel on Saturday, April 15, featuring some special guests and a sneak peek of Star Wars Rebels‘ fourth season. In addition, Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), and Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla, Star Wars Rebels), along with Matthew Wood (supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound and voice of General Grievous), will be signing autographs at the Star Wars Celebration Autograph Hall.
Star Wars Celebration 2017 takes place in Orlando, Florida from April 13-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Some of the previously-announced guests for the event include Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), who will all be signing at the Star Wars Celebration Autograph Hall; plus Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.