When Star Wars Celebration arrives in Chicago next month, the convention will bring with it a panel for Star Wars: Episode IX. Announced today, the panel will feature director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams returned to the franchise for the as-yet untitled Episode IX after directing The Force Awakens in 2015 and producing 2017's The Last Jedi.
The announcement notes there will be "plenty of surprises and special guests" at the panel, which seems to indicate that the first footage of Episode IX will debut during the panel, likely along with an appearance by the cast. The panel will be livestreamed online and broadcasted at the convention itself for those unable to get into the room.
Star Wars: Episode IX recently wrapped up filming in February. Abrams announced the news with an emotional photo featuring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac hugging one another. The film will mark the end of the Skywalker Saga, but certainly not the end of Star Wars films, with a new trilogy from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson in the works. The convention will also see the first gameplay reveal of Respawn's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is due later this year.
Star Wars Celebration will take place in Chicago from April 11 through April 15.