The most anticipated panel at Star Wars Celebration this year brought out the future directors of both Star Wars Episode VIII (Rian Johnson) and the Han Solo standalone movie (Phil Lord and Chris Miller)… and while they didn't bring a ton of announcements, they did bring the new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, as well as some familiar faces like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Finn (John Boyega).

Here are the 5 biggest things that happened:

1. Meet the new Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich was officially confirmed to be the new Han Solo. The film is still untitled and the script is still being worked on, with production expected to begin early next year. Amusingly, though they auditioned tons of dudes for Han Solo, Ehrenrech was actually the first person to audition. While on stage, they revealed that he also screen-tested inside the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca. "It was the coolest part of the audition — it was pretty unbelievable," Ehrenreich said. "I never auditioned next to a wookiee before. It was pretty awesome."

On Han Solo, Phil Lord said he kind of relates to the guy. "He doesn't want to do anything he's told. He's very sarcastic and unreasonably optimistic."

2. Fun cameos

The directors of all the upcoming Star Wars movie are each filming cameos in each others' movies. Well, except Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were on set and ready to cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, except their big moment was delayed as Miller desperately had to attend an event at his kid's school. 

 

Rian Johnson did get a cameo in Rogue One, though. Check out the pics.

 

"Fire when ready!"

 

Yes, it would appear Johnson is playing one of these guys in Rogue One. Remember them from A New Hope?

 

And speaking of Johnson, he also shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Star Wars Episode VIII

Note: These are low-quality pics because they were photographed off a screen. We will replace them if more official ones are ever released.

 

You'll notice in one of them you can see Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter, who'll be returning for Episode VIII after briefly appearing in The Force Awakens.

 

 

3. Luke and Leia!

Here's what it looked like when Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher took the stage to 4,000 screaming fans. 

 

 

 

The duo sat on stage with their respective dogs. "I'm just here to make sure Gary gets a part in the next movie," Fisher joked. "There aren't enough pets in space."

 

 

4. Star Wars Episode VIII will pick up right where the last one left off

There was some debate as to how much time has passed in between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII. Well, director Rian Johnson confirmed his movie will pick up right where the last one left off, on the beautiful picturesque cliff alongside Luke and Rey.

 

5. More Han Solo

Wanna see what it looked like when the new Han Solo was introduced? Check this out.

 

 

Bonus: The movies that inspired Star Wars Episode VIII

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Director Rian Johnson spoke about how prior to shooting Episode VIII, he spent six weeks in San Francisco at Lucasfilm working on the story and also watching movies with the team that helped inspire his vision for the Star Wars sequel.

Some of those movies include Twelve O'Clock High, which seems to have inspired the film the most, as well as Bridge on the River Kwai, Letter Never Sent, 3 Outlaw Samurai, Gunga Din, and Sahara.

 

 

And a final standing ovation for the future of Star Wars…