2013 D23 Expo: Loads of Celebs and Lack of Star Wars

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The biggest presentation of the 2013 D23 Expo was held by the Walt Disney Studios on Saturday, August 10 to a packed D23 Arena crowd, filled to capacity in anticipation of celebrity guests and plenty of surprises.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn entered the stage first, noting he was stunned by the size and scope of the D23 Expo. He added that he’s proud to be part of the Disney family, having recently received a 1-year pin from CEO Bob Iger and sharing that his favorite film is Bambi.

Star Wars fans were left empty handed during Walt Disney Studios live action panel at the D23 Expo, Disney’s version of Comic-Con.

Lucasfilms was welcomed to the Disney family by studio chairman Alan Horn, saying Star Wars is a priority for the studio. But J.J. Abrams, who is directing the seventh film in the franchise, was not present, nor were any plans discussed.

Disney eagerly promoted a slate of other films already scheduled for release through 2016, with footage or concept art to show for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel; Disneynature’s Bears, Muppets Most Wanted, Cinderella, Maleficent, Tomorrowland and Saving Mr. Banks.

Celebs on hand to take the stage to promote the films were Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Mackie, Natalie Portman, Sebastian Stan, Ty Burrell, Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak. Jolie and Hopkins received standing ovations from the crowd.