Last night’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel has already gone down as one of the biggest triumphs in Comic-Con history. While there wasn’t a new trailer or new footage, there was something special in the air. The enthusiasm of the cast, old and new, was palpable. A behind-the-scenes featurette moved the audience to tears. Even grumpy ol’ Harrison Ford bothered to show up and he…actually smiled? A lot? And yes, there is video evidence of this phenomenon because the whole hour-long panel has made its way online (and it’s all nice and official, too).
The panel has just about everyone you’d want on a Star Wars panel in the year 2015. There’s director J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm genius Kathleen Kennedy, and legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. From the new cast, there’s John Boyega (former Stormtrooper Finn), Daisy Ridley (mysterious desert dweller Rey), and Oscar Isaac (X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron). Then they brought out the villains: Adam Driver (Sith warrior Kylo Ren), Gwendoline Christie (Chrome Stormtrooper Captain Phasma), and Domhnall Gleeson (Imperial officer General Hux) And, of course, there’s that trio of returning legends: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Heck, even Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, pops up in the audience to ask the panel a question.
If you have an hour to kill and like funny behind-the-scenes stories told by charming actors, live demonstrations of practical effects, and a whole bunch of subtle prequel trash-talking, this is the panel for you.
Why not check out that epic behind the scenes reel one more time?