The Force will be with all of us this year. For the first time ever, the Star War Celebration will be streamed live over the Internet, allowing fans from all over the world to see the festivities, even if they're not in Anaheim. The stream will be available on StarWars.com.

What's Star Wars Celebration, you ask? It's an event for fans that began shortly before the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and it's happened around the launch of new Star Wars movies ever since. 

"Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor," says the announcement on StarWars.com

" Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday's Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. "

According to Twitter, the stream will be hosted by Anthony Carboni, Andi Gutierrez and Carey Vidal.

Because The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is kicking things off with the film's producer, Kathleen Kennedy, rumors have been flying that the duo would be unveiling the official poster as well as a new trailer for Episode VII. It's possible there's nothing to these rumors, and it's also possible that they'd try to make the trailer debut an in-person exclusive (something that wouldn't be streamed), but I also wouldn't be a bit surprised if we got another look at the film sooner rather than later.

The stream will kick off at noon central time on April 16 and will run through April 19.

Update: The official Star Wars Twitter account says that, yes, there will be exclusive footage at Star Wars Celebration, and it will be streamed.

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