The 2019 D23 Expo is approaching fast, and Star Wars fans are eagerly anticipating more reveals about the future of the franchise, particularly as Disney + and its catalog of brand-new series will be launching in the US on November 12th.
Attendees will be able to see new footage of Star Wars: The Mandalorian series, of course, as well as a sneak peek at the Disney + Star Wars line-up. This year, D23’s schedule also focuses a lot on the art of park design, so fans curious about Galaxy’s Edge will have a blast.
However, it is highly unlikely that we will get a trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If the past is any indication, the content draught for Episode IX will only end in October. But what else can fans of a Galaxy Far, Far Away hope to get from D23 this year?
One possible but not yet official announcement could be about the rumored Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor; it's certainly on the tips of everyone's tongue right now. Unfortunately, however, as rumors remain uncertain about the date when the final negotiations finish, fans shouldn't hold their breath on this one particular event happening at D23.
Lucasfilm will have its own pavilion that will include a special exhibit about the evolution of the stormtrooper designs, similar to the one unveiled at Comic-Con San Diego. This should include other costumes from the Star Wars saga, as well as the brand new design of the red Sith Trooper that will appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. They have also arranged a family area for the youngest padawans and scoundrels, with an assortment of children-friendly activities where kids can relax and watch Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures.
Here is a more detailed look at the Star Wars D23 programming :
Friday 23rd starts strong but not too early, with a 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m. event at the D23 expo arena about The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, followed at 2 p.m by a Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode II First Look on Stage 28.
From 3 p.m to 3.30 pm, fans can attend A Conversation with Scott Trowbridge, the Disney Imagineer behind Galaxy’s Edge, and then rush to Hall D23 for the Disney + Showcase from 3.30 p.m to 5 p.m, where they can expect at least a sneak peek at the upcoming Disney + series The Mandalorian, about a bounty hunter traveling the Outer Rim of our favorite Galaxy. This panel will include series executive producer Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the writer and director, as well as other not-yet-disclosed special guest appearances.
From 5:15 p.m and only on Friday, Star Wars cosplayers and Disneybounders will be able to see, be seen and have their official picture taken at the D23 photoshoot area at the fountain outside of the convention center.
Saturday, August 24th's schedule seems a little lighter for Star Wars fans, although those interested in the nitty-gritty art of making Disney movies or designing unforgettable experiences at the Disney Parks like Galaxy’s Edge could have a full day.
From 10 a.m to 12.p.m, Hall D23 offers a Behind the Scenes with the Walt Disney Studios, which overlaps with the Archives Stage's Making Holiday Magic at Disney Parks from 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. After lunch, curious fans can follow up with Stage 28’s Immersive World: Bringing Films to Life in Disney Parks from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday the 25th starts early for fans: from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be BoxLunch-sponsored presentation about Heroines of the Disney Galaxies, which overlaps slightly with the 10:30 – 12 Sneak Peek! Disney Parks, Experiences and Products at Hall D23, where fans are sure to find more information about Galaxy’s Edge.
Head back to Stage 28 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m. to cap off a Star Wars-centric D23 Expo by attending Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.