May 29, 2013 5:07pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Star Wars' Web Series Promotes 'Course of the Force' Relay (Video)
You could say comedian Matt Mira is this charity relay’s only hope.
Nerdist has unveiled the first of six Star Wars: Course of the Force webisodes, a comedy series promoting July’s lightsaber relay run down the California coast.
When the lightsaber used for the relay goes missing, Mira is forced to leave his hangout session with R2-D2 and is tasked with tracking it down. Fans of the Nerdist will also be delighted to know there's a bit with Chris Hardwick dressed as Princess Leia (for reasons unknown).
Course of the Force held its first annual relay last year, where it raised more than $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and featured thousands of runners. It begins at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and goes through San Francisco, Los Angeles and then down to San Diego for Comic-Con. The race runs from July 9-16 and also features a “convivial,” which the public is invited to attend.
Watch the first episode below, and look for new episodes premiering Tuesdays through July 2.