Just ahead of the big reveal from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, fans are starting to share images from the Disney fan event in Anaheim, California. The gathering kicks off the “Star Wars” Celebration weekendlong convention. Fans have flocked to the event for the promise of never-before-seen goods.
One fan account (via Cinemablend) has shared images from the official program for the Celebration. The photo shows a newly designed Stormtrooper racing toward the viewer. It looks different from Stormtroopers fans have seen previously, with much more detail on the jawline and armor. The several other images surrounding the Stormtrooper look to be shots from the first teaser.
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The Instagram account for fan-run site Star Wars Underground has many photos from the events, including the first look at the "Star Wars 7" hall ahead of the keynote presentation from Abrams and Kennedy. For fans in a galaxy far, far away and unable to attend, there are several photos of "Star Wars" cosplayers dressed up in their favorite costumes and, of course, fighting with lightsabers.
Director Abrams has been fighting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leaks for as long as possible, but many are sharing potential new concept art and a poster for the film, which will be released in December. Fans supposedly will be treated to a first peek at the new poster for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as well as the new trailer ahead of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiere on May 1.
Here's the new Star Wars poster pic.twitter.com/vvStBeEgxl
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Twitter also is getting in on the “Star Wars” Celebration excitement by creating three new emojis for fans to use on their platform for the weekend. The Walt Disney Pictures social media account shows off C-3PO, a Stormtrooper and BB8, the rolling droid from the first trailer, as emojis.
Not in Anaheim for the big news? Find out the streaming info you need to tune in. The "Star Wars" Celebration is scheduled to run today from 10 a.m. PDT until 6:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 19. You can see a detailed list of events here.