Last year’s Star Wars Weekends was pretty amazing. With ‘behind the force’ in the new enclosed theater and the best photo themed photo ops and character costumes yet, it set a high bar for this year’s event. And yet, inevitably, the weekends grow closer until it’s time to start planning for Star Wars Weekends which will run from May 22 to June 14, 2009.
The lineup of special guests who will be participating in the Star Wars fun at the Disney Hollywood Studios has just been announced. Fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga. In addition to Star Wars costumed characters, fun activities, and the Star Tours theme park ride, celebrity guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and a classic Hollywood-style motorcade.
Here’s a look at the celebrity guests which include Star Wars cast members from the entire saga. As always the guest list is subject to change. I’ll try and return and update this post if I hear of changes.
The celebrity host for each weekend will be Jay Laga’aia (Captain Typho) while Clone Wars: Behind the Force will be hosted by Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka). Laga’aia replaces Warwick Davis who has had the job for the last few years.
May 22-24 — Ray Park, Warwick Davis, and James Arnold Taylor
Ray Park thrilled audiences as the unforgettable Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, and will be joined by Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Return of the Jedi as well as Anakin’s young friend Wald in The Phantom Menace. James Arnold Taylor, who voices Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, will appear as a guest in Behind the Force.
May 29-31 — Peter Mayhew & Matthew Wood
Peter Mayhew has of course appeared in four of the six Star Wars movies as the mighty Chewbacca. Also appearing will be Matt Wood, Supervising Sound Editor for Episode III and The Clone Wars as well as the voice of General Grievous.
June 5-7 — Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse, and Matt Lanter
Jeremy Bulloch is best known for his role as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and also made a brief cameo in Revenge of the Sith as Captain Colton. David Prowse played ultimate villain Darth Vader throughout the original trilogy as the man behind the mask. Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, appears as a guest in Behind the Force.
June 12-14 — Dave Filoni & Temuera Morrison
The creative force behind The Clone Wars, Supervising Director Dave Filoni is also a die-hard Star Wars fan! Filoni will be joined by Temuera Morrison, who plays Jango Fett as well as the unmasked clones of Episodes II and III!
I’m looking forward to hearing from this great lineup.