By: Dominic Jones
New York Comic Con is coming up in three weeks and there have been some pretty cool Star Wars programming announcements. Among those is an appearance by Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. Fisher was originally slated to attend all four days of the convention but recently had to reduce the number of days in her appearance to Sunday only. The official NYCC social media accounts made the announcement, citing "Star Wars Production" as the reason for Fisher's schedule change.
This is a very interesting announcement given that there are no Star Wars films currently filming. Episode VIII, which stars Fisher alongside Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and Adam Driver, wrapped production back in July, and filming on the Han Solo A Star Wars Story film, which is unlikely to star Fisher, isn't expected to begin filming until January at the earliest. The most likely scenario is that the Episode VIII reshoots, which are a completely normal thing for films to have, are beginning sooner than expected. Most weren't expecting reshoots until next year, but perhaps since Episode VIII was originally slated for a May 2017 release date (it has since been pushed back to December 2017) somethings are still scheduled for sooner than you would expect for a December release.
Other Star Wars programming at NYCC includes an appearance by Alan Tudyk (K-2SO in Rogue One), a Hasbro Star Wars panel, and a panel of Star Wars authors featuring Timothy Zahn (Thrawn), Chuck Wendig (Aftermath), E.K. Johnston (Ahsoka), James Luceno (Tarking & Catalyst), and Charles Soule (Poe Dameron & Lando). More details can be found here.
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