I sense a disturbance in the Force, and for once it’s not because somebody destroyed a planet (though if you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan, your world may just be about to blow up). Later today, thousands of Star Wars fans will start taking over Anaheim, California, as the four-day long 2015 Star Wars Celebration takes place. This year though, things are slightly different as this is the first year in ages that we’re getting to see a new Star Wars movie, and as such, Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to do something unprecedented.
If like us, you can’t physically attend the festival (damn this whole living on another continent thing!) then have no fear, as StarWars.com will be live-streaming the entire event – yes, the entire weekend’s worth – for free online. And to sweeten the deal even further, the live-stream of the event will start with tonight’s Celebration Kickoff panel that will not only be attended by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm President/producer Kathleen Kennedy, but they will also be unveiling brand new footage – possibly the new full trailer – from the highly anticipated new film. The panel is scheduled to kickoff on Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 am PST, which actually translates to tonight at 19:00 pm local time.
While footage from the event will be made available after the fact, it’s uncertain just what will be shown or what the access restrictions on them will be as they will be done via the US based Verizon, so I would strongly advise you to try and watch this live over on StarWars.com and perhaps also keep an eye on their official Youtube channel. And if there’s something specific that you would like to watch (I need to see new Battlefront videogame, which is at 19:30 on Friday!), then this handy but very lengthy schedule will probably help.
Here’s the full press release about the event, as well as what more you can expect on the live-stream:
For the first time ever, highlights and more than 30 hours of exclusive video content from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be officially live streamed to a worldwide community of fans on StarWars.com, all powered by Verizon.
Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.
Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday’s Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler’s Bounty radio drama; EA’s new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars’ global fan community.
Between the live, on-stage events, StarWars.com will feature live interviews with celebrity guests within the Star Wars Cantina set specially built to capture the mood and atmosphere of the infamous Mos Eisley watering hole from A New Hope. These segments will have a fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.
Exclusive clips from throughout Star Wars Celebration event will also be available on demand from Verizon, allowing fans to celebrate Star Wars long after the live streams are over.
The live streaming begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, April 16, on StarWars.com with the Celebration kickoff panel and continues with 30-plus hours of coverage through the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST. Watch exclusive highlights and on-demand clips from Verizon on Twitter, @VerizonWireless, and at Facebook.com/Verizon.
Last Updated: April 16, 2015