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'Star Wars' film won't be previewed at Disney expo

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009 handout photo released by Disney, Mickey Mouse stands in front of the Anaheim Convention Center in preparation for the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. is cracking open the vault, rolling out the red carpet and pulling back the curtain for more than 45,000 expected fans at this weekend's D23 Expo, Aug. 9-11, 2013, a three-event celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (AP Photo/Disney, Scott Brinegar, File)FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009 handout photo released by Disney, Mickey Mouse stands in front of the Anaheim Convention Center in preparation for the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. is cracking open the vault, rolling out the red carpet and pulling back the curtain for more than 45,000 expected fans at this weekend's D23 Expo, Aug. 9-11, 2013, a three-event celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (AP Photo/Disney, Scott Brinegar, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Force may not be with Disney fans this weekend.

The Walt Disney Co. is cracking open the vault, rolling out the red carpet and pulling back the curtain for more than 45,000 expected fans at this weekend's D23 Expo, a three-day celebration of all things Disney.

However, the company's chairman and CEO shot down rumors that the expo would include a peek at the next "Star Wars" film.

"We're speechless, at least we're going to be somewhat speechless at this expo," Bob Iger told a crowd of 4,000 gathered inside the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday morning. "Trust me. It's going to be fantastic. Come on. Star Wars and Disney together. How could it not be fantastic?"

This publicity photo released by Disney shows a scene from the animated film, "Frozen, " which hits the big screen Nov. 27, 2013. More than 45,000 fans are expected at this weekend's D23 Expo, a three-event celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (AP Photo/Copyright Disney)This publicity photo released by Disney shows a scene from the animated film, "Frozen, " which hits the big screen Nov. 27, 2013. More than 45,000 fans are expected at this weekend's D23 Expo, a three-event celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (AP Photo/Copyright Disney)

Disney bought George Lucas' Lucasfilm empire last year for $4.06 billion and plans to unleash a new "Star Wars" trilogy and two spin-off films beginning in 2015 with "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is being directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Michael Arndt.

Thousands of fans, some dressed as Disney princesses and characters from "Mary Poppins," began lining up early Friday morning to be among the first inside the extravaganza across the street from Disneyland. The event will include special musical performances, presentations and previews of upcoming projects.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2009 handout photo provided by The Lego Group, children look at Buzz Lightyear made of LEGO bricks at the D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. is cracking open the vault, rolling out the red carpet and pulling back the curtain for more than 45,000 expected fans at this weekend's D23 Expo, Aug. 9-11, 2013, a three-event celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. (AP Photo/The Lego Group, Rene Macura, File)FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2009 handout photo provided by The Lego Group, children look at Buzz Lightyear made of LEGO bricks at the D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. is cracking open the vault, rolling out the red carpet and pulling back the curtain for more than 45,000 expected fans at this weekend's D23 Expo, Aug. 9-11, 2013, a three-event celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. (AP Photo/The Lego Group, Rene Macura, File)

Among the live-action films expected to be teased during a Saturday presentation are "Thor: The Dark World," ''Captain America: Winter Solider," ''Saving Mr. Banks" and "Tomorrowland." There might also be glimpses at "Maleficent," which stars Angelina Jolie as the "Sleeping Beauty" baddie, and new intergalactic and superheroic exploits from Marvel.

On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!"

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013 file photo, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, arrives at the world premiere of "Disney's Planes" at the El Capitan Theatre, in Los Angeles. With more than 5,000 fans expected to attend, Disney is teasing several of the studio's upcoming animated movies at the D23 Expo, a three-day celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013 file photo, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, arrives at the world premiere of "Disney's Planes" at the El Capitan Theatre, in Los Angeles. With more than 5,000 fans expected to attend, Disney is teasing several of the studio's upcoming animated movies at the D23 Expo, a three-day celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Patterned after San Diego's wildly successful Comic-Con, the biannual D23 Expo, which Disney launched in 2009, isn't just about movies. On the show floor, attendees can snap up exclusive merchandise, trade collectible pins and meet stars from Disney Channel properties like "Teen Beach Movie" and "Sofia the First." There will also be presentations about Disney history, theme park attractions and video games.

"I can't wait to see the look on the crowd's face when we show them what we've got to show them," said "Disney Infinity" executive producer John Vignocchi, who will be presenting the upcoming Disney game that combines a virtual world with figurines of popular Disney characters. "Their reaction will make all the hard work worth it."

FILE - In this undated film publicity image released by Disney, from left, Jessie, voiced by Joan Cusack, Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen and Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks are shown in a scene from, "Toy Story 3." With more than 5,000 fans expected to attend, Disney is teasing several of the studio's upcoming animated movies at the D23 Expo, Aug. 9-11, 2013, a three-day celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. (AP Photo/Disney Pixar)FILE - In this undated film publicity image released by Disney, from left, Jessie, voiced by Joan Cusack, Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen and Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks are shown in a scene from, "Toy Story 3." With more than 5,000 fans expected to attend, Disney is teasing several of the studio's upcoming animated movies at the D23 Expo, Aug. 9-11, 2013, a three-day celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. (AP Photo/Disney Pixar)

The event could also offer an update on "Avatar" land at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Fla. The company announced in 2011 that it had struck a deal with filmmaker James Cameron to build attractions based on the top grossing film of all time, which is set on the lush alien world of Pandora. He's currently working on three sequels to "Avatar."

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