Fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special look behind the scenes of Star Wars:The Force Awakens by director J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan. The filmmakers were joined on stage by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to the surprise and delight of fans.
Trying not to cry… Trying not to cry… Trying not to cry… Failed!
Fans waiting line for this panel (some of which camped out Wednesday night at 8pm) might have been disappointed to not have seen any new footage. But… this is almost more than a trailer because it shows us new stuff without giving anything away. I, for one, have this giant grin on my face right now.
At the end of the Hall H presentation, the entire Hall H audience of more than 6,000 fans were all invited to continue the celebration and join cast and filmmakers at a surprise Star Wars Fan Concert. The San Diego Symphony performed the classic Star Wars music from John Williams at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.
Upon arriving at the venue, fans were directed to tables where they were each given a free Hasbro light up lightsaber in their choice of colors: red, blue or green.
A DJ played Top 40 tracks as the venue filled and the sun slowly set over the San Diego Marina. Just as it got dark, Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took the stage. They thanked everyone for being so “professional” about the walk and brought out each member of the cast who attended the panel. Fans waved their lightsavers in unison, chanting for each of them. The cast too had their own lightsabers and waved them at the audience. John Boyega even ran out and slapped sabers with the front row and Harrison Ford pretended to use his as a cane.
After taking some photos, the cast left and the show was about to begin. But first a video. It was John Williams, the legendary composer of every live-action Star Wars score, who apologized he couldn’t be there. He said he’s busy working on the new score but selected a few of his favorite tracks for the San Diego Symphony to play.
The band played and grown men and women cried. It was a magical night.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters December 18th, 2015!