The Star Wars 40th Anniversary celebrations kicks off with an ‘Epic Tribute’ to the saga in Orlando.

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The first Star Wars film, now retitled at Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, got it’s theatrical release in the US on May 25th 1977. These celebrations in Orlando are due start a bit ahead of the 40 year mark on April 13th 2017.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Orlando events

Merlin 3.08 - Warwick Davis
Merlin 3.08 The Eye of the Phoenix – Grettir (Warwick Davis) © 2010 Shine TV

At the event there will be a panel, hosted by Warwick Davis. It will feature Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and discussions with some of the saga’s brightest stars. They will be highlighting the impact of the “galaxy far, far, away” and the fandom that has propelled it for the last four decades.

So far this marquee Celebration event is still in it’s planning stages. Lucasfilm say it will include “many not-to-be-missed surprises”.

The Star Wars Celebration Orlando will take place from April 13th to 16th 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Star Wars 4: A New Hope - David Prowse and Carrie Fisher
Star Wars 4: A New Hope – An imperial official with Darth Vader (David Prowse) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) ©1977 Lucasfilm