Photos & Highlights From “40 Years Of Star Wars” Panel At Celebration Orlando 2017

Lucasfilm’s dandy Dan Brooks takes a look at the amazing “40 Years of Star Wars” panel that kicked off Celebration Orlando 2017 on Thursday with several great photos and a rundown of what went down. The featured image used in this story post simply can’t be beat. Check out the intro below and then click here for the full article.

Star Wars stars and creators from across the history of the saga came together for “40 Years of Star Wars” — an emotional, funny, warm, and powerful panel that kicked off Celebration Orlando today. The surprises were many: George Lucas, unannounced, emerged to rapturous applause when introduced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and remained onstage throughout. Harrison Ford, also unannounced, received a long standing ovation as he made his first Celebration appearance. Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, offered a loving tribute to her mother including a line-for-line reading of A New Hope‘s “You’re my only hope” monologue. And the festivities closed with the right-stage curtain pulling back to reveal John Williams and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, playing “Princess Leia’s Theme” in tribute to Carrie Fisher, followed by more Star Wars classics.
Dianna Bates
Residing in New York, Dianna Bates shares the same deep love for the GFFA as her husband Justin LaSalata. In addition to posting news articles on our website, Dianna assists with providing photographs from various conventions and Star Wars-related events including NY Comic Con, "Force Friday" and others.