To launch the first day of Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, CA, we got to learn more about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie! People camped out a day beforehand to be the first to learn more! I was fortunate enough to be part of the crowd of at least 2,800 fellow die hard Star Wars to be in the arena and see what is in store for us first hand!
First up were head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams!
They shared their love of Star Wars and their excitement of bringing the franchise back for all of us, old and new fans alike!
Then it was time to meet some of the special guests they brought with them. First up were the guys who headed up the droid department. They also brought along a friend, R2D2!
But it was the newest droid to the Star Wars family that really stole the show! Meet BB8, the cutest and most impossible looking droid to be real, as he rolled out onto the stage! Just an amazing piece of technology that I never would have guessed was a practical, real droid!
Then it was time to bring out the new cast for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! From left to right are Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega! They may not be household names to you now, but they will be, they will be!
This is the new casts first public appearance and they received a warm welcome by the fans to the Star Wars family!
Then, there was a disturbance in The Force! New look stormtroopers took the stage!
Some of the returning cast of Star Wars came out on stage! Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer brought the crowd to their feet!
Peter Mayhew, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Anthony Daniels were now onstage!
The new meeting the old, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast! Then they played the second teaser trailer for the upcoming film and the crowd went crazy! We cried, we laughed, we cheered! The energy levels were unlike any I have experienced before. The second teaser trailer took me back to my youth when Star Wars filled me with awe and with hope. That good will always overcome evil, that friendship and loyalty are the most important qualities a person can have, that magic truly exists!
This will be panel I will never forget! And this was just Day One of Star Wars Celebration!
Take a look at some of the highlights of this hour long panel!
And if for some reason you have yet to watch the second teaser trailer, well here it is below! Sit back and enjoy! December cannot get here soon enough!