Monday, March 18, 2013

Celebration Europe II: The Guests so Far

“The Emperor’s coming here?” Well if you’re in Germany he is. It’s an easy joke, but also an irresistible one. The headline guest so far for Celebration Europe II is the actor who brought the most evil villain in the galaxy to life, and will be joined by other faces behind the iconic characters of Star Wars. Read on for reaction to the guest list so far.

It was announced today that for the first time in Europe four actors who have portrayed Boba Fett would be in the same place at one time.  Jeremy Bulloch, who is always a pleasure to speak to and incredibly self-effacing, portrayed Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be attending. Daniel Logan, who played Boba in Attack of the Clones and leant his vocal talents to the character in The Clone Wars will be there too. Dickey Beer did stuntwork as Boba Fett, and John Morton donned the armour for a Cloud City scene. At 2007’s Celebration Europe Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan shared the stage to talk about their experience with Star Wars, and Celebration Europe II all four Fetts will be signing autographs and appearing on stage.

It’s also great to know that despite being the star of a primetime Ricky Gervais sitcom, Warwick Davis will still continue to make time for the fans. He will be hosting the Celebrity Stage again, and those who saw him at the first Celebration Europe or at Disney World Star Wars Weekends will know the humour and fun he brings to the role. Warwick of course played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, popped up multiple times in The Phantom Menace and has become the most recognisable short actor in the world since. 

Star Wars experts Steve Sansweet and Pablo Hidalgo will also be at the event. The former will be bringing with him an exhibit straight from the museum at the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, and will be a great opportunity for fans to have him sign one of his many books. Pablo Hidalgo will be hosting the Behind the Scenes stage, which will hopefully give fans a look at upcoming Star Wars projects.

Dave Filoni will be making a rare appearance outside of the USA, and with recent news regarding The Clone Wars hopefully he will be able to look back at the series as a whole and discuss how it turned out. As the driving creative force behind The Clone Wars, no-one has been more involved with bringing new Star Wars to the screen than Filoni in the last five years, which makes him a real treat of a guest. Let’s hope that despite the show’s end some of the voice cast can make it too.

Saving the most anticipated for last (of course) Ian McDiarmid will be appearing at Celebration Europe II. In the past he never really attended conventions until he officially opened the first Celebration Europe and has since attended Celebration events in the USA. As one of the most accomplished actors in the entire Saga, he showed the audience Palpatine’s rise to power as the ultimate puppet master of the Sith. His only comments about Star Wars tend to be brief snippets in documentaries, so to see him speak at length on the Celebrity Stage will be a great experience and an absolute highlight of Celebration Europe II.

To have this many quality guests announced already suggests that Celebration Europe II is going to shape up very nicely indeed!

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