The mystery Lucasfilm panel in Hall H was indeed for Star Wars (no surprise), but there were some surprises, such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford all being present for the panel along with all the new talent, and a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel that you can see below.
There wasn’t much surprising news…they are still editing the movie, with Disney giving them all the time they need. Lawrence Kasdan gave the nod to George Lucas for bringing him back on board, and the characters “never left his consciousness”, and he went “beserk” when he heard that J.J. Abrams was directing. The brought out a practical effects character, named “Bobbajo” or something like that, showing that they are doing all the practical effects they can with makeup and robotics, although CGI cannot be avoided. A flamethrower Stormtrooper and explosions shown were all real.
In the sizzle reel many of the actors can be seen. Simon Pegg is indeed appearing in the film, but it appears he will be in costume, so his face will not actually be seen. Peter Mayhew is back as Chewbacca and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, but Warwick Davis, who originally played Wicket the Ewok but also other characters in the prequel trilogy, could be seen on set as well. The sizzle reel gives me goosebumps – this is REAL, folks!
Actors appearing in the panel at various times: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendolyn Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.
Gleeson’s character is definitely evil. Apparently because he is British 🙂
Harrison Ford’s foot is fine…he said he walked to the hall.
And now, the sizzle reel…