Thursday, July 5, 2012

The folks at Nerdist might have outdone themselves in preparation for “Course of the Force,” an olympic-style lightsaber relay race leading up to San Diego Comic Con.

This will be the first year for the event, which kicks off July 7 in Santa Monica and runs over the course of five days to San Diego. To explain its origin, the Nerdist team worked with Lucasfilm and Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video team to create the video above.

The Star Wars-inspired video features appropriate cameos from R2D2, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett and ewoks

There’s also an epic battle between Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman leading to a clever Comic Con product placement and a missing hand.

Proceeds for this year’s Course of the Force will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.