Star Wars fans already know that the Force is everywhere but on May 4th the stars align for those who live and breathe every moment of the Star Wars saga. This day is a special opportunity to celebrate all things in that ‘galaxy far, far away’ and, of course, to say, ‘May the 4th Be With You!’ For the second year in a row, Her Universe™, the leading sci-fi merchandise line for fangirls, is teaming up with Hot Topic to offer new exclusive Star Wars dresses and fashion tops created by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
On May 4th, the popular Star Wars By Her Universe line will debut six new fashion pieces exclusively on Hottopic.com. The first 500 customers who purchase a Star Wars by Her Universe item online at Hottopic.com beginning at 1am PST on May 4th will receive a FREE Star Wars by Her Universe cinch sack. In addition, all day on May 4th Hottopic.com and Starwars.com (the official Star Wars website), and their social media sites, will celebrate this special fan holiday with fan-themed content and giveaways.
‘I am thrilled to be working with Hot Topic again to celebrate May the 4th Be With You,’ said Ashley Eckstein. ‘I am also excited to debut a new design with one of our favorite guest designers, Denise Vasquez. Denise brought her unique Day of the Dead inspired style to a new design featuring Boba Fett.’
With the growing audience of female Star Wars fans, Hot Topic and Her Universe have a number of new tops and, for the first time, Star Wars by Her Universe dresses to offer them. The new Hot Topic apparel line features popular villains Boba Fett and Darth Vader as well as fan favorite Rebels Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
In celebration of ‘May the 4th Be with You,’ Her Universe will also be offering 20% off of all current Star Wars apparel on www.HerUniverse.com on May 4th (Hot Topic product only available on Hottopic.com). In addition, while visiting the Her Universe website, fans can also view the past and present honoree’s for ‘fangirl of the day’ — part of a very special year-long campaign, the ‘Year of the Fangirl,’ which spotlights and recognizes fangirls of all ages showing their diversity, dreams and interests. Anyone can nominate a fangirl to be highlighted on the site. Go to www.HerUniverse.com for more information.
StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).
The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:
May 21-23 — Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan and Dee Bradley Baker Send in the clones to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Empire. Morrison played Jango Fett as well as the clone troopers in the live action movies, while Daniel Logan played Boba Fett and all the clone cadets in Episode II. Baker is the voice of all the clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including the ever popular Captain Rex.
May 28-30 — Matthew Wood, Lorne Peterson and Tom Kane Some true Masters are in attendance. In addition to providing the rasping voice of General Grievous and his chatty battle droids, Matthew Wood is also a sound editor on the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars. Lorne Peterson is a veteran ILM model-maker who worked behind-the-scenes on all six Star Wars movies. Tom Kane is the voice of Yoda in The Clone Wars, and also the narrator who begins each show with a rousing introduction.
June 4-6 — Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park and Dave Filoni Hello, what have we here? Williams is of course famous for his role as Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City and Rebel hero. Ray Park is the energetic, acrobatic villain Darth Maul from Episode I, and Dave Filoni is the supervising director of The Clone Wars
June 11-13 — Ray Park, Peter Mayhew and James Arnold Taylor Ray Park returns for a second weekend, and he is joined by Peter Mayhew, the gentle giant behind the walking carpet — Chewbacca the Wookiee. James Arnold Taylor provides the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, as well as Plo Koon.
Appearances are subject to change at any time. We will update as we become aware of any such changes.
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This weekend’s guests include Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse and Matt Lanter in addition to hosts Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein.
Hosted by Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), the show will consist of the celebrity guest and even a participant from the audience performing a live reading of the script as the sequence plays out on screen.
The first week’s celebrity guest will be James Arnold Taylor (Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi).
Time to start planning for Star Wars Weekends! Starting in May, fans get to meet an impressive lineup of special guests attending four weekends of Star Wars fun at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. From May 22 to June 14, 2009, fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga. In addition to Star Wars costumed characters, fun activities, and the Star Tours theme park ride, celebrity guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and a classic Hollywood-style motorcade.
Here’s a look at the celebrity guests which include Star Wars cast members from the entire saga. Please check back here for future updates to the guest list as it may be subject to change.