StarWars.com lets us know today that Lucasfilm will be unveiling a giant mural at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 next month to celebrate the entire Star Wars saga. The mural is created by artists Doug Chiang and Jason Palmer and will feature artwork showcasing every Star Wars theatrical film (including director J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX) as well as The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated TV series.
“The original idea came from [Lucasfilm President] Kathy Kennedy,” Lucasfilm Vice President and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang tells StarWars.com. “She asked if we could create a piece of art that would encapsulate the entire Star Wars saga, visually representing the complete stories of Star Wars through art. In thinking about how to fulfill Kathy’s wish, the idea of creating a giant mural timeline was born.”
How big will this mural be? REAL big – like 10 feet tall by 88 feet long big. A preview of the mural’s section dedicated to the Original Trilogy is provided below (click the image for a larger view). Amazon will be offering several products featuring this gorgeous OT artwork which you can order right here.
Once complete, the final mural will feature every Star Wars movie, including Episode IX, as well as the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series, with each entry given its own segment and equal footing; in other words, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will have the same real estate as Star Wars: A New Hope, illustrating Star Wars as one large story.
The full Celebration panel schedule was revealed on March 22 and all of the attending Autograph Hall guests (61 in all topped off by Hayden Christensen) can be seen at this link. Presales for Celebration autographs/photo-ops began back on February 13 and will remain open till Monday, April 9 at 9:00pm CT. You can also check out the assortment 8×10 photos that will be available for each guest to autograph at their respective tables as well as the complete Floor Plan & Exhibitors List.
For fans who are unable to attend Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 in person, The Star Wars Show will be back with their LIVE broadcast throughout all 5 days.
Monday tickets for Celebration (Will Call pickup only) are still available as of the time of this posting. ReedPOP announced that they formed a new partnership with Lyte for the purpose of securely reselling tickets to Celebration (and other conventions) for those fans who are unfortunately unable to attend. The 5-day event, which is a first for Celebration, will be held April 11-15 at the McCormick Place convention center.