Join us live as we watch the Episode IX panel from Star Wars Celebration
It’s finally time, Star Wars fans.
After weeks and months of speculation and rumour surrounding the next instalment in the Star Wars saga, today is finally the day where we should hopefully get some concrete news about Episode IX.
Star Wars Celebration has been the focal point of all upcoming Star Wars news for the past few years.
Since Disney took over the Star Wars franchise, we’ve got our first looks at Rogue One and The Last Jedi at this increasingly popular event and this year Celebration will give fans their first look at Episode IX too.
We’re expecting to see the first trailer at some point over the next hour or as well as plenty of discussion from the minds behind the film including director JJ Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX.
The Episode IX panel will get underway at 12pm ET in the US and 5pm UK time.
We hope you’ll join us in our watch along of the biggest Star Wars event of the year so far.
16:55: We’re currently waiting with bated breath for the panel to begin. There’s surely nothing that compares with the excitement of new Star Wars!
17:04: The stream is currently playing iconic pieces of Star Wars music with the panel set to begin properly any minute now.
17:05: And we’re live!!!
17:05: Stephen Colbert out on the stage to host the panel. Countless lightsabers ignite in the audience in anticipation.
17:06: Plenty of Star Wars jokes to open. S-Foils locked firmly in attack position.
17:09: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Episode IX director JJ Abrams now being welcomed onto the stage!
17:11: Kathleen Kennedy upping the hype for what’s about to come! The excitement is definitely real.
17:12: JJ up now, responding to a ‘JJ, I love you’ shout from an audience member.
17:13: Update from JJ on the stage of Episode IX. Editing and visual effects very much underway.
17:15: Lots of talk about Episode IX being the final chapter in the Skywalker saga but very little in the way of details about the film itself as of yet.
17:16: A moment of tribute now for the late, great Carrie Fisher now and the struggle of filling the void left by her tragic passing. JJ alluding to the fact Episode IX will utilise unused footage from The Force Awakens to continue her story in the final instalment.
17:18: Colbert pushing details on the plot of Episode IX.
17:18 New Image from Episode IX on the big screen. JJ reveals that Episode IX will see the main group of characters going on their adventure together, rather than splitting up.
17:19: Lots of side-stepping from JJ as he tries to avoid to spoiling any tiny detail of Episode IX.
17:21: Cast members starting to come out. The first pair up are Anthony Daniels, C-3PO himself, and R2-D2 welcomed on stage now.
17:23: Anthony Daniels currently reminiscing about his work on every Star Wars film (apart from Solo).
17:26: Daniels talking about his upcoming book which is officially being revealed tomorrow.
17:27: Lando Calrissian himself is on stage. Billy Dee Williams is back everyone!!
17:28: I get the feeling that the title and trailer for Episode IX won’t be revealed for a little while yet.
17:30: Huge fan reaction to a new image of Billy Dee Williams in Episode IX.
17:32: Billy Dee Williams sounding as smooth and charismatic as ever.
17:34: More cast members heading on stage now. It’s Daisy Ridely, John Boyega, Oscaar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie and BB-8.
17:35: Lots of love for the cast members of the new films.
17:36: Naomi Ackie, the newest cast member of the prequel trilogy, currently explaining how she reacted and had to keep it secret when she heard the news of her casting.
17:37: Ackie’s character has been revealed has as Jannah, quite possibly Lando Calrissian’s daughter.
17:40: John Boyega up now. A new picture of Boyega’s Finn from Episode IX has been unveiled, sporting a sexy new look.
17:41: Boyega seemingly confirming that Captain Phasma did indeed die in The Last Jedi. As well as adding Poe Dameron to the Finn, Rey and Rose love ‘triangle.’ Hints of more romance for the former Storm Trooper in Episode IX.
17:44: Oscar Isaac now getting some attention. Few hints that he could well have a go flying the Millennium Falcon.
17:45: New picture teasing more of the bromance between Finn and Poe. More of them on screen together in Episode IX is more than welcome.
17:47: Daisy Ridley now up, joined by a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ from the audience.
17:48: Hints from Daisy that her lightsaber, formerly Luke’s, lives on in Episode IX after being snapped in half in The Last Jedi
17:49: Lots of sidestepping around possible new powers we could see in Episode IX.
17:50: New image of Kylo Ren on screen. No Adam Driver in the panel sadly.
17:51: Few blushes being drawn from the cast as the conversation turns to Kylo Ren’s shirtless scene in The Last Jedi.
17:52: Kelly Marie Tran gets such a heart-warming reception as she’s now up. Fully deserved after all the hate she and her character received after Episode VIII.
17:55: Quick nod from JJ for Rian Johnson and his casting of Kelly Marie Tran in The Last Jedi.
17:56: Chewbacca himself, Joonas Suotamo, giving tribute to the original Wookie, Peter Mayhew.
17:57: Making our way through cast members quickly now as the panel is surely getting close to finishing.
17:59: Back to Anthony Daniels now, discussing shooting Episode IX in Jordan.
18:03: Stephen Colbert now talking about going to see the original Star Wars in 1977, three weeks before the film actually hit cinemas. Playing for time here before the big reveals surely.
18:05: New droid on stage now to join BB-8.
18:07: Round of applause for the cast, crew and Stephen Colbert and now it’s TRAILER TIME!!!
18:10: HOLY CRAAAP!!! The Rise of Skywalker is officially the title of Episode IX. Also it sounds as if the Emperor is back with an evil cackle to end the trailer.
18:11: Palpatine himself, Ian McDiarmid on stage!!!
18:12: In typical fashion, the trailer gives next to nothing away. The biggest reveal is literally right at the end. We get Luke’s line from The Last Jedi ‘no one’s ever really gone’ and then out of nowhere comes Palpatine’s maniacal cackle.
18:14: And here’s the new trailer for you.
18:16: And with that comes the end of our coverage of the Episode IX panel from Star Wars Celebration.
If you’ve joined us over the last hour or so, thank you very much.