By: Benjamin Hart and Dominic Jones
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is a little over a month away and more exciting news about the convention has just been revealed! The list of guests has been growing rapidly over the past few weeks, and today we learned that a certain Dark Lord of the Sith will be in attendance, along with many others. Today StarWars.com announced that Ian McDiarmid, who portrayed Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine in five of the six of the original Star Wars films, will be one of the many celebrity guests coming to Anaheim this April. Also attending will be Erik Bauersfeld (Voice of Admiral Ackbar & Bib Fortuna), Stephen Costantino (Gamorrean Guard), John Morton (Dak Ralter), Brian Muir (Darth Vader armor sculptor), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Clive Revill (voice of the original Emperor) and Corey Dee Williams (Klaatu).
StarWars.com went on to confirm that a collection of artists & creators from Lucasfilm, including Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Joel Aron, Jonathan Rinzler, Amy Beth Christenson, Jennifer Heddle and Killian Plunkett will be at Celebration to attended various special events, panel discussions and portfolio reviews. You can check out the full list of attendees here!
Also, in Hall H, Frank D’Iorio will be leading a Hasbro sponsored event to build a Diorama of Bespin's Cloud City! Kids can stop by during the convention and help build a segment and then stop by on Sunday and take home their section. D’Iorio is inviting fans to send in their own figures to be featured in the diorama. The figures don't have to be from the Cloud City scenes, figures from other parts of the saga can be "vacationing" on Bespin. The figures used in the display will be given to kids who helped build the diorama. Figures must be submmitted prior to April 12th and can be sent to,
c/o Celebration Anaheim Diorama Figure Fund
6318 Camino Marinero
San Clemente, CA
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