Comic-Con: Harrison Ford Makes Surprise Appearance at 'Star Wars' Panel
By Ashley Crossan
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The Force is strong in San Diego!
Star Wars fans at Comic-Con got a massive surprise on Friday when Harrison Ford made his first public appearance since his March plane crash at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel in Hall H. The actor joined fellow stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher for the panel on director J.J. Abrams' latest installment of the space epic, even sharing a smooch with Princess Leia herself!
Fans at the panel were treated to a special behind-the-scenes clip of The Force Awakens, which features new looks at the sets and the incredible cast of characters, from old favorites to new faces:
The Comic-Con crowd also finally get to meet the "Dark Side" of the Force Awakens cast, as Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie took the stage for their first Star Wars press event.
Gleeson, whose character name was revealed to be General Hux, accidentally let it slip that his character’s base in the film is called "Starkiller." The name will ring a bell with Star Wars die-hards as an homage to the original last name of Hamill’s character, Luke Skywalker.
As the panel wrapped up, J.J. and the crew revealed they had even more surprises in store, inviting the entire crowd to walk across the street to a Star Wars "Concert For the Fans." Attendees were given free lightsabers as the San Diego Symphony played the film’s iconic soundtrack.
Legendary composer John Williams was unfortunately not in attendance as he’s still hard at work on the Force Awakens score, but he sent a video message to play for the crowd of approximately 8,000. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the cast took the stage, all holding their lightsabers, to once again thank the fans for a truly epic night.