EXCLUSIVE: Nerdist Industries and Octagon have announced the hosts and correspondents of this year’s Course Of The Force Olympic-style Lightsaber relay race leading into 2013’s San Diego Comic-Con. VH1’s Carrie Keagan, Ahsoka Tano (Clone Wars), Ashley Eckstein and Nerdist Industries founder Chris Hardwick have been tapped for the 2nd annual Lucasfilm-backed event raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation, along with fellow geek-friendy TV and online personalities Jessica Chobot, Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht and What’s Trending‘s Shira Lazar. The Star Wars-themed race winds down the California coast from Skywalker Ranch in Marin County on July 9 to LA and San Diego, where it ends July 16 ahead of Comic-Con’s preview night.
Nerdist CEO Peter Levin cooked up the first Course Of The Force in 2012, and this year daily original content will run on Nerdist and Star Wars platforms, including a Course Of The Force mobile app debuting in June and on Xbox. Registration is $150 with 100% of the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters of the Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire and San Diego.
Ahead of 2013’s edition, six ‘origin story’ Course of the Force videos have been commissioned from Saturday Night Live writer/producers Scott Weinstein & Erik Kenward. Here’s the first of them, starring Robot Chicken co-creator/exec producer and Star Wars nerd Seth Green, Franklin & Bash‘s Kumail Nanjiani, comedian Kyle Kinane, and Team Unicorn‘s Clare Grant: