People line up in front of the Anaheim Convention Center during the 2019 D23 Expo on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The Latest: 'Black Panther 2' gets release date

August 24, 2019 - 2:35 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Walt Disney Co.'s biannual D23 fan convention in Anaheim (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

Writer and director Ryan Coogler says that "Black Panther 2" will hit theaters on May 6, 2022. Coogler made an appearance Saturday at the Walt Disney Co.'s D23 fan convention in Anaheim.

Coogler said he wasn't ready to reveal a title or a plot yet for the highly anticipated sequel to "Black Panther," which became a cultural phenomenon and grossed over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also announced that Kit Harington is joining the cast of "The Eternals," which will reunite him with his "Game of Thrones" co-star Richard Madden. Harington is playing a non-Eternal named Dane. "Crazy Rich Asians" star Gemma Chan has also joined the cast of the Marvel project which includes Angelina Jolie.

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10:45 a.m.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says that "Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker" is going to be an incredibly good time.

Nearly 7,000 people got a look Saturday at a new poster and some new footage from the film at the Walt Disney Co.'s biannual D23 fan convention in Anaheim.

The film which opens in theaters nationwide Dec. 20 closes out the over 40-year-old Skywalker saga. Kennedy was joined on the convention stage by writer-director J.J. Abrams and stars including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels.

R2-D2 evoked the most applause from the excited audience.

Abrams said that the late Carrie Fisher is also part of "Episode IX" thanks to unused footage from "Episode VII."

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