It’s hard to believe 2008 was ten years ago and that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is ten years old! The critically acclaimed CG animated series introduced Star Wars to a new generation of fans and took us on a wild ride throughout the galaxy for six incredible seasons.
To celebrate the anniversary of the much-beloved series, Lucasfilm will be holding a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Hosted by Star Wars author and Nerdist’s Managing Editor Amy Ratcliffe, the panel will feature Supervising Director Dave Filoni and some unnamed special guests. It will take place on Thursday, July 19, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and it will look back at the stories the series brought to the small screen.
So who could we expect? It’ll be great to see the big three: Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi). Of course, the crowd would go wild if Star Wars creator George Lucas popped up, since that was the last major project he worked on before the company transitioned over to Disney. It’s also be wonderful to see some of our favorite writers, such as Matt Michnovetz, Brent Friedman, Katie Lucas, and Henry Gilroy.
The panel will be held in Room 6BCF and can hold about 2,100 people. That said, this momentous occasion is going to draw many fans, so if you plan to attend, go early and be prepared to stand in line for a few good hours.
Unfortunately, there will be no live-streaming of the panel, but there will be plenty of fans ready to tweet about the experience.
Some fans also believe that the panel will include a major announcement. Ever since the series was cancelled, many have been dying to see the Siege of Mandalore (as originally mentioned by Captain Rex in Star Wars Rebels and later written by E. K. Johnston in Ahsoka) and any of the arcs that were revealed at past Celebrations, like the bounty hunter arc between Cad Bane and Boba Fett.
Announcement or not, this panel is a must-see for fans of Lucasfilm animation.
In the meantime, what does Star Wars: The Clone Wars mean to you?
2008 was the year when I graduated from Cornell University with a degree in archaeology, and like many others that summer, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Trying to find a job was no easy task, but it was at this time that I found the Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer.
Having kept my head in the books for four long years, I had no idea that Lucasfilm had an interest in making Star Wars animated content. I did my research and patiently waited for the movie to debut in theaters on August 15, 2008.
I’ve said it a million times before, but that day changed my life in the best way possible. I remember feeling so inspired and excited about the future of Star Wars, especially during at time when I felt lost about my own personal future. It was a good distraction that expanded my knowledge and love of Star Wars in a way that previous content wasn’t able to pull me in.
While it was sad to see the news about the cancellation years later, it helped pave the way for new and equally enriching stories, like Star Wars Rebels.
What’s your Clone Wars story? Share it with us in the comments section below.
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