The first guests of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim have been announced! Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano; Her Universe), & Star Wars creatives Doug Chiang and the owner of Rancho Obi-Wan Steve Sansweet.

Returning to host Star Wars Celebration are Amy Ratcliffe and David W. Collins, and hosting for the first time at Star Wars Celebration, Coffee With Kenobi host, Dan Zehr!


This is madness! Ahead of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim this May, is excited to announce the first of many talented guests who will appear at the convention including the person who brought our favorite goldenrod droid to life, Anthony Daniels.

Daniels has the distinction of being the only actor to work on all 11 Star Wars feature films, appearing as C-3PO in all three trilogies in the Skywalker saga as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Daniels also made a cameo appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story in the role of Tak.

Another Star Wars mainstay, Ian McDiarmid — the actor who plays the nefarious Emperor Palpatine in the original, prequel, and sequel trilogies — will also appear, as well as Ashley Eckstein, the beloved voice actor for Ahsoka Tano’s animated adventures in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Official Pix will once again manage all autograph guests at the show. Stay tuned for mail-in and reservation details as well as more exciting announcements about other celebrity guests slated to appear.

The trio of performers will be joined by an array of Star Wars creatives, including Lucasfilm VP and executive creative director Doug Chiang, longtime Star Wars Celebration stage host and author Amy Ratcliffe, stage host and sound designer David W. Collins, Star Wars author Dan Zehr, and the owner of Rancho Obi-Wan Steve Sansweet.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be held May 26-29, 2022, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Find out more and get tickets at!

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Dan Zehr is the Host and Brand Director of the Star Wars podcast Coffee With Kenobi and is the co-author of The Star Wars Book. He is a Feature Blog Contributor for, as well as a writer for IGN, and is a prominent influencer in Star Wars fandom. He is also a prolific high school educator, who teaches Literature and Composition, and has a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning. His work combining Star Wars and education garnered him a role in the Target Rogue One: A Star Wars Story commercial, as well as feature profiles in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois State University's Statewide Standard, and the Peoria Journal Star. He has also been interviewed in Good Morning, America, the HuffPost, Forbes, and Bloomberg. He resides in Illinois with his wife and three boys.

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