Star Wars Celebration: ‘Phantom Menace’ 20th Anniversary, More Guests!

We need a minute after the reminder that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace turns 20 this year, but, it does, and Star Wars Celebration in Chicago is marking the occasion with an anniversary panel.

The official Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 poster
Art by Paul Shipper

The two new guests announced this morning for Star Wars Celebration in Chicago are the original smooth-talkin-cape-wearin Lando Calrissian actor Billie Dee Williams, and perhaps the most sassy droid of them all, Rogue One‘s K-2S0 actor Alan Tudyk.

We’ve also learned The Emperor himself will attend- Ian McDiarmid, as well as BOTH Chewbacca actors Peter Mayhew and Joonas SuotamoSam WiterGreg GrunbergGreg ProopsDave ChapmanIan McElhinneyOrli Shoshan, and Paul KaseyStar Wars: Rebels voice actors Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Jason Isaacs, and Vanessa Marshall will also be on hand, as well as Star Wars Resistance‘s Donald Faison.

There was also the reveal of who you can stop by and see in Artist Alley: Malcom Tween, Darren Tan, Jason Christman, Zoltan Simon, Joey Spiotto, Brian Miller, Matt Busch, Chris Trevas, Karen Hallion, Adrianna Vanderstelt, Danny Haas, Jason Palmer, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Kaela Croft, Brandon Kenney, Russel Walks, Dianne Harrop, Kayla Woodside, Alex Buechel, Cryssy Cheung, Steve Anderson, Brian DeGuire, Chris Dee, Michael Pasquale, Cat Staggs, Jerry Vanderstelt, and Brian Rood.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11th-15th 2019 at McCormick Place.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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