Monday, January 30, 2023

Star Wars Celebration Europe (London) 2023 Announces First Wave Of Guests - Anthony Daniels, Ashley Eckstein and More

Star Wars Celebration is an official Lucasfilm event that brings together Star Wars fans from all over the world to enjoy everything about the franchise. The bi-annual event is organised by ReedPop, who are also the organisation behind New York Comic Con.

Red Dot Diva had tickets for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim (SWCA), which was supposed to happen during summer of 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled and postponed to May 2022. At that time, Red Dot Island continued to be on lockdown regarding out-going flights till a few months later. That means that Red Dot Diva was not able to make it to Anaheim last year either.

Fortunately, her good friend and Star Wars buddy Ashley managed to help score 4-day tickets for Star Wars Celebration Europe (SWCE) 2023. SWCE is set to light up the galaxy at London's ExCeL Centre from 7 to 10 April 2023! After all that pent-up Star Wars feels, Red Dot Diva is more than ready to party with the fans who will be converging at the event hall that Easter weekend. Finally, she will be travelling overseas for the first time in 3 years since the pandemic lockdown began.

With just two more months to the event, SWCE has announced the first wave of celebrity guests. They are veteran Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), fan favourite Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka in The Clone Wars, and Rebels series), the amazing Dee Bradley Baker (he voices all the clones in The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian), Indira Varma (Tala Durith in Obi-Wan Kenobi), Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars), and the adorable Vivien Lyra Blair (“baby” Princess Leia in Obi-Wan Kenobi).

Red Dot Diva met Anthony Daniels before at NYCC a few years ago. She also counts herself lucky to have had fan encounters with the late Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) at SWCE (London) 2016. Of the guests announced for SWCE 2023, Ashley Eckstein and Vivien Lyra Blair are on Red Dot Diva's "I Want" list for autographs and photos. However, she knows that this list of guests is just the beginning.

SWCA 2022 saw Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) headlining the autograph hall and photo opportunities. Red Dot Diva is hoping he will return as a guest at SWCE. The tickets for meeting Ewan McGregor will be pricey for sure, but hey... how else will she ever get the opportunity to meet Ewan in the near future?

Other celebrities on her wishlist includes Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan) and Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico). Yes, Red Dot Diva already have a KMT selfie/ wefie as well as an autograph when she was here to promote The Last Jedi, but it would be lovely to have a more "professionally taken" photo with her.

Also, a series called "Star Wars: Skeleton Crew", starring Jude Law was announced at SWCA. The series is set in the same timeline as The Mandalorian and Ashoka. Will Jude Law make an appearance at SWCE?? *fangirl screams* Red Dot Diva has a crush on him for decades!

And some good news for those who need to get passes to SWCE 2023. More additional single day tickets are up for grabs at this link:

Who do you think will be announced as guests for SWCE 2023 next?

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