The Force Awakens at SWCAApril 24, 2015
"The Force Awakens", the seventh Star Wars film, had a large presence at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim last week. From panels, to interviews with the cast, and a new trailer, this upcoming movie was the center of attention at Celebration.
Starting on Wednesday, Star Wars fans (including myself) were lined up in order to get a seat in Thursday's panel with JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. While I didn't get in line until very late Wednesday night, some fans had been waiting outside since 8:00am. The queue line was moved inside the convention center around 6:00pm, which was nice to shelter people from the weather and dropping temperatures. JJ and Kathleen were kind enough to send pizzas out to all the people who were waiting in line late at night. I've waited overnight for many Star Wars events and this is the first time I've ever heard of the director sending dinner out to the die-hard fans.
When Thursday morning rolled around, the queue line was slowly shifted into the main arena and the panel began. JJ and Kathleen were interviewed about their involvement with the new film and what the Star Wars saga meant to them on a personal level. I remember when I first heard that there would be a new Star Wars movie coming out, I was a little skeptical. I loved the prequels but I am also a fan of practical effects and felt like the CGI in Episodes I-III was a little overdone. JJ announced in the panel that practical effects and real costumes would be heavily used in "The Force Awakens". After hearing that bit of news and seeing his passion for this task, I have total faith in him to create an awesome Star Wars movie.
The main cast including Daisy Ridley who plays Rey, John Boyega who plays Finn, and Oscar Issac who stars as Poe Dameron also came out on stage to briefly talk about their work in TFA. Their joy and excitement was contagious. I've never seen a group of people smile as much as they did on stage. BB-8 made an appearance along with R2-D2 and their droid builders, Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey. This rolling ball droid has completely blown my mind. I still can't figure out how they created BB-8 and I'm okay with it staying a mystery in my mind. He's so cute and lovable; I'm obsessed with BB-8 already and I can't wait to see more of him in December when the movie comes out.