Comic-Con: What to Watch for on Thursday

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The wait is over as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with its first full day of panels, screenings and general admission to the massive convention floor.

The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego and each morning will offer a guide to the day's must-see panels and what to expect from as some of the biggest names in Hollywood take the stage while movie studios and TV networks look to win over fanboys and cut through the clutter to breakthrough in a crowded landscape.

Here are the must-see film and TV panels for Thursday:


The Good Place (3-4 p.m., Indigo Ballroom) Following the world premiere screening of NBC's new comedy from Parks and Recreation's Mike Schur and Drew Goddard (Daredevil), stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell will preview the afterlife comedy.

Luke Cage (5:45-6:45 p.m., Ballroom 20) The stars of Marvel's upcoming Netflix drama will mark their first time at a convention together by unveiling the teaser trailer for the series and may reveal some casting.  

Mr. Robot (6-7 p.m., Room 6BCF) Fresh off its Emmy nominations, the cast — including leading man Rami Malek — make their SDCC debut. As for what to expect, showrunner Sam Esmail is still hard at work in the editing bay and won't be attending but may send along an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode of the closely guarded series.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (8:15-10:45 p.m., 6DHE) Spend your evening doing the "Time Warp" and getting a first look at Fox's upcoming TV musical reboot. Following the preview, select castmembers and producers will take the stage for a Q&A.  


DreamWorks Animation (10-11:30 a.m., Hall H) The studio is trotting out the stars behind Trolls, its upcoming animated feature based on the popular doll. Chris Hardwick will moderate a panel featuring voice stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who will appear alongside co-directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn and producer Gina Shay.

Snowden (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m, Hall H) If there was any doubt Comic-Con was just for fanboy fare, Oliver Stone is proving that wrong. The director is making his first appearance at the convention, bringing along Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto. There will also be a secret screening at an undisclosed location, with biopic subject Edward Snowden set to appear via the internet for a Q&A with the director and stars afterward.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (1-2 p.m.) Following the unexpected hit Lucy, enigmatic director Luc Besson is bringing his buzzed-about sci-fi comic book adaptation to Hall H during his first appearance at Comic-Con. The panel for the big-budget feature will also include stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and producer Virginie Besson-Silla.

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