On Thursday, the annual Star Wars Celebration kicked off in Orlando with a special panel honouring the 40th anniversary of “Star Wars” with special guests Harrison Ford, Hayden Christensen, Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, George Lucas and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy.
Hosted by Davis who made his “Star Wars” debut as the Ewok Wicket in “Return Of The Jedi”, has also played characters in “The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “The Last Jedi”.
“You’ll be pleased with what we’ll have for you today, and for those who were around in 1977, it’s truly going to be an awesome celebration,” he says, as surprise guest Lucas joins the stage, much to the delight of fans. Ford’s appearance was also a surprise with host Davis poking fun at his recent pilot troubles.
“It’s a surprise we kept this a secret because you landed your plane on I-4,” he jokes to Ford, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
“Yeah, but it was a good landing,” Ford replies.
The original cast took the stage as Carrie Fisher’s daughter and “The Force Awakens” actress Billie Lourd took the stage to pay tribute to her late mother.
The entire panel was livestreamed via YouTube.
The annual event brings “Star Wars” fans from around the world as the franchise packs a long-weekend full of events, panel discussions and parties, while also serving as the platform for major announcements for the series. Fans have been on the edge of their seats, hoping for a glimpse at footage from “The Last Jedi” whose trailer is rumoured to drop this week and the first images from the Han Solo spinoff movie starring Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Donald Glover as his pal, Lando Calrissian.