Entertainment Weekly have posted a little information about things we’ll see and not see from the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Panel later this week at San Diego Comic Con.
For a start. We’ll not be seeing a new trailer for the film, but there are a few surprises that Disney/Lucasfilm have planned for convention attendees on Friday afternoon.
Roughly six months before the Dec. 18 release, the Comic-Con panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the highly secretive film, which was completely locked down to press during production. (It’s still locked down. Lucasfilm and parent company Disney declined requests for comment.)
Director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are already confirmed as part of the panel, which will be moderated by Nerdist impresario and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.
Although nothing is confirmed as to what actors will take part in the panel. It is rumored that several actors from the film that haven’t spoken about their roles yet will venture into Hall H.
With Friday afternoon being about the new film. Friday morning will be about the ‘Star Wars’ tie-in books and will give fans an idea of the release schedule of books that will tie into both film and television incarnations of the ‘Star Wars’ universe. This panel will only have a limited amount of information on what is ahead for ‘Star Wars’ readers.
Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds, Under the Empyrean Sky), author of the novel Star Wars: Aftermath, will be discussing his personal history with the galaxy far, far away during a Friday morning panel, but won’t be able to dive too deeply into the plot of his book, which explores the battles between the Empire and the Rebellion following the events of Return of the Jedi. Much of that will remain under wraps until closer to the book’s Sept. 4 debut.
The ‘Star Wars’ panel for middle grade readers will hold more information due to the fact that most of these books are retellings of the original trilogy. Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), will discuss The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy—a is series of first-person perspectives from Leia, Luke, and Han about the events from the original Star Wars.
Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), will explore retelling The Empire Strikes Back from Luke’s perspective in So You Want To Be a Jedi, and Tom Angleberger (The Star Wars Origami books), will share his quest to bring humor to Return of the Jedi with Beware the Power of the Dark Side.
Finally, Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) will showcase his picture book retelling of the original trilogy, illustrated with artwork by the late Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist who devised the look for much of George Lucas’s universe.