No Star Wars Celebration In 2018, Next One Coming In 2019

The fan event will not be held next year.

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This year's Star Wars Celebration fan event will be the last one until 2019. There will not be a Star Wars Celebration event in 2018, Lucasfilm confirmed in a post on Celebration's website.

"The next official Celebration is slated for a location and date soon-to-be announced, in 2019," reads a statement on the site (via Inside The Magic).

As Inside The Magic explains, the Star Wars Celebration event started in 1999 to mark the launch of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The show has never had a set schedule, as events were held with the release of the new prequels and then biennially or annually.

Things are different these days with the Star Wars film series, as new installments in the franchise come out every year. The Force Awakens premiered in 2015, with Rogue One following in 2016. This year's movie is The Last Jedi, while the untitled Han Solo movie will come in 2018. No Star Wars Celebration in 2018 means this year's is the last before the Han Solo movie, though of course Disney does not need a dedicated event to market and promote a film.

This year's Star Wars Celebration takes place April 13-16 in Orlando, Florida. While not confirmed, the event would seem to be a likely place for Lucasfilm to release the first trailer for The Last Jedi. Writer-director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will appear on a panel together to talk about the new film. Special guests and surprises have been teased for the event.

There will also be news about Star Wars video games, potentially including Star Wars Battlefront 2, which is due out this year.

In other Star Wars news, The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams has joined the Han Solo movie, while footage from The Last Jedi was shown at a Disney shareholder meeting this week.

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