Star Wars Celebration will skip 2018 and return in 2019, according to the official Star Wars celebration website. Why will the event skip a year? Let speculate below…
There is a good chance that the decision to skip 2018 was made to sync up the event with the opening of the Disney Parks Star Wars Land in 2019, but what does that mean about Star Wars Episode IX’s release date?
Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2016 featured some huge reveals for that year’s Star Wars movie, Rogue One, and Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando is set to feature our first look at The Last Jedi, but the May 25th 2018 release date for the Han Solo movie indicates that that film seems to have fallen into a crack that means it will see very limited Celebration exposure. We may get a little, early footage at this year’s Celebration, similar to the way the Guardians of the Galaxy revealed footage a ComiCon after being in production for a few short weeks, but anything we get from Han Solo will surely be limited. Maybe Han Solo’s May 25th 2018 release date suggests Disney/Lucasfilm will have an increased presence at ComiCon this year? Are the producers of Episode IX facing the same issue with their current release schedule?
With no 2018 Star Wars Celebration to show off cast and crew and maybe even footage, and a May 23rd 2019 release date for IX, could the 2019 schedule be looking a little full? Perhaps a major Star Wars movie release, the park opening and a summer Celebration will leave us all exhausted. Not to mention the lack of space to promote each project effectively. Unless Episode IX is moving back to December 2019?
Moving the film back will certainly help Colin Trevorrow and co. work around the sensitive issue of Carrie Fisher’s loss. It will also give them an opportunity to promote Star Wars Land fully, without fear of Episode IX stealing it’s thunder, and we get the traditional Star Wars Celebration reveals for the Christmas release of a Star Wars movie.
With a gap in the Star Wars Celebration schedule in 2018, should we be expecting a large D23 event that will be used to promote Episode IX ahead of it’s scheduled May 23rd 2019 release, or will we see that date move? Will Han Solo have a major presence at this years ComiCon, or has this film fallen into a crack in the promotional cycle? Have your say in the comments below…
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