• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
JUL
6
2 YEARS

Comic-Con 2012: Nerdist Sets 'Star Wars' Lightsaber Relay (Video)

The lightsaber Olympic torch-style relay kicks off Saturday and will arrive in San Diego on Wednesday and benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.

Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick

Nerdist is using its geeky powers for good heading into next week's Comic-Con.

The company is teaming with Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm and Octagon to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation with a lightsaber relay that will see the popular Star Wars weapon journey from the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday to arrive at Comic-Con in San Diego on Wednesday.

STORY: AMC's 'Walking Dead' Talk Show, 'Comic Book Men' Renewed for Second Seasons

The Course of the Force charity event kicked off with (naturally!) a prequel: A Lightsaber's Journey, which finds Nerdist's Chris Hardwick delivering a lightsaber from San Francisco's ILM and delivering it to Santa Monica for the kick-off of the Comic-Con relay. But one person stands in his way: The Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman.

Check out the lengths Kirkman, a frequent guest on Hardwick's AMC's Walking Dead postshow Talking Dead, makes the Comic-Con regular go to in order to clear his "security" in the origin story, written Saturday Night Live producers Erik Kenward and Scott Weinstein.

THR'S Comic-Con 2012 Coverage

The Course of the Force will culminate Wednesday at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego with a concert by the Dan Band at 12:30 p.m. For more details, head to Course of the Force's website.

Hardwick will moderate The Walking Dead, Dr. Who, Nerdist Channel, Disney and WB/Legendary panels at Comic-Con. Watch A Lightsaber's Journey, below.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit