While we have not seen any promotional features for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that include Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, it seems that streak is about to end. This week he will appear on the cable sports network ESPN i a special about the history of the Light Saber. Also to appear on this special which will air Tuesday evening at 7pm, will be actor Ian McDiarmid who played ‘The Emperor’ in previous Star Wars movies, as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director, ‘J.J. Abrams‘. Get all the details on this special below, and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
(Source: Detroit Free Press)
The half-hour special will look at how the lightsaber fight scenes have evolved from 1977’s “Star Wars” to the upcoming film, according to ESPN. The documentary also examines the connections between the duels and the sport of kendo, a Japanese form of fencing. Scenes from the 2015 Kendo World Championships in Japan will be included.
“I really feel that kendo has informed so much of what we have done in the films it is about time that it gets some long-overdue recognition,” Hamill said in an ESPN statement.
Behind-the-scenes footage will show “Force Awakens” actor John Boyega training with lightsabers and talking about the process. Boyega’s kendo trainer also will be interviewed
Ian McDarmid, a.k.a. Emperor Palpatine of “Star Wars,” and the man in charge of “Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams, also will be featured.