Everything that happened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023


Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 is now over, with the latest annual event featuring many exciting announcements for series, games and even movies.

From a galaxy far, far away to attendants online and in-person, Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 was a hotspot of fan activity over the weekend with thousands of enthusiasts gathering to celebrate all things Star Wars and revel in the saga’s ongoing story.

Hosted at ExCel London form April 7-10, Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 and its many panels had dozens of reveals to go over, all summarised in this comprehensive guide.

First Jedi film

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold is set to helm a movie about the first Jedi, not to be confused with Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. It will take place at the start of the Star Wars timeline, 25,000 years before the prequel trilogy and is described as a ‘biblical’ epic.

Post-The Rise of Skywalker movie

Daisy Ridley is coming back to a galaxy far, far away to reprise the role of Rey in a film set 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Rey is looking to rebuild the Jedi order once more, but further details are unknown at this stage.

MandoVerse crossover film

Dave Filoni of The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, Rebels and more is finally directing a movie. It will culminate the events of the New Republic-era series, including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka, so we can likely expect the debut of Grogu on the big screen.

Ahsoka trailer and casting details

The first trailer for Ahsoka was released and it confirms that the series acts as a sequel to Star Wars Rebels, featuring Sabine Wren, Ezra Bridger, Chopper and Hera Syndulla. There are also new faces, with Baylan and Shin having a pair of orange lightsabers between them. Arguably the most exciting reveal for Ahsoka was that Lars Mikkelsen is back as Thrawn.

Andor Season 2 footage

Revealed exclusively at the event, footage from the second season of Andor showed how key characters have evolved since the first season. The series is currently midway through filming and targeting an August 2024 debut on Disney+.

The Acolyte casting and trailer

Featuring Vernestra Rwoh of the High Republic books in her live-action debut, The Acolyte was a focus of the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase panel. Though little has been released to those not in attendance, footage from the series featured dozens of Jedi, and a Wookiee Jedi played by Joonas Suatamo was confirmed too.

Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 trailer

Star Wars: Visions is back for a second season, streaming on May 4, 2023. The first trailer for the series of shorts was revealed at the event, including everyone from Aardman to Studio Mir using various animation styles.

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Season 2

The anthological Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is coming back for a second season in 2024. Unfortunately, that’s all that was said at Star Wars Celebration, though the first season was split between Count Dooku and Ahsoka Tano, so the second may follow a similar pattern.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 3

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is almost at its end as it has been confirmed that the third season of the series of the animated show will be its last. However, following the climactic conclusion at the end of the second season, there’s still a lot for these clones to get done.

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew plot details

Jude Law is confirmed to be a Jedi in Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, as more details regarding the plot were revealed when some of the cast took to the stage at the event. The series revolves around a group of children lost in the galaxy and guided by Law’s Jedi character as they try to get home. Footage was showcased exclusively at the event too, but we’ve yet to receive a publicly-available trailer.

Star Wars: The High Republic Phase 3

The third phase of the Star Wars: The High Republic books was announced, titled Trials of the Jedi. Phase 3 begins later in 2023 and will run until Spring of 2025.

Star Wars: Jedi Survivor final gameplay trailer

With only a couple of weeks left to go until Star Wars: Jedi Survivor launches, the final gameplay trailer for the title has been revealed. As well as the online footage, Cameron Monaghan and Stig Asmussen offered further insight into the game, plus the former’s love for ponchos.

Star Tours adds new locations

As part of the Disney Parks panel, Star Tours at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris was confirmed to be adding new locations to the roster in 2024. The panel also confirmed new playlists from DJ R3X and Gaya of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Star Wars Hasbro toys and figures

Several new figures and toys from Hasbro were revealed towards the end of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023. They included the N-1 Starfighter from The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian and The Black Series figures for The Bad Batch, along with Force ghost figures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.

Star Wars Celebration is heading to Japan in 2025

Finally, Star Wars Celebration is officially heading to Japan in 2025, with the next instalment of the intergalactic convention taking place from April 18 to 20.

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