Star Wars fans are possibly some of the most fervent supporters of any film franchise in existence, with all due respect to Trekkies. So when any news hits about the (unfortunately) fictional universe, heads all turn in unison. That's likely what happened when it was announced that Star Wars is coming to this year's San Diego Comic-Con in a big way with seven panels at the four-day event.
Announced on the StarWars.com site, the panels cover Star Wars publishing, collectibles, Disney Infinity 3.0, various Hasbro merchandise and a 40th anniversary celebration of Industrial Light + Magic. The highlight, however, will without question be a presentation for the upcoming The Force Awakens, featuring director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, in addition to "special guests" that will provide that enticing "special look" at the new film. There has never been a more cryptic way to allude to new footage.
The Force Awakens has already had two trailers released that fans and critics alike have endlessly dissected for clues as to the plot of the new film, which is still mostly under wraps. As the next trilogy of the franchises inches closer to its debut on Dec. 18, clearly the masses are craving their Star Wars fix, which hasn't been satisfied since Revenge of the Sith in 2005. Who knows, maybe those special guests are a few actors from the series, both old and new. That'd hold the Comic-Con attendees over for another six months.
Regardless, expect Friday of the event, which runs July 9-12, to explode with Star Wars news. May the force be with you.
(H/T: The Hollywood Reporter)