The Lightsaber has been captivating audiences since 1977. The idea of a “laser sword” (which is the absolute worst way to describe it… George!) is exciting as it combines fantasy/medieval fighting with science fiction’s flashiness. While Star Wars: A New Hope’s lightsaber duel was slow and heavy feeling, like a classic medieval knight fight, the duel between Luke and Vader in The Empire Strikes Back gave audiences a lot more style and action. The Prequel Trilogy started off with great Lightsaber action in The Phantom Menace but by the duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith the elegant weapon became a glow stick in a choreographed dance routine. The Sequel Trilogy has given us a couple exciting and well designed fight scenes, even if there are disappearing weapons and impossible physics due to bad editing, but will the greatest fight ever happen in The Rise of Skywalker? Daisy Ridley thinks so.
In a recent video from Wired, Ridley explained that the prop department created lighter Lightsabers and the effects that will have in the upcoming film.
“Well, the interesting thing about this film is that we concentrate more on the fact that [the lightsabers] are light, because the lightsabers were so heavy, as Eunice said, who is our new stunt coordinator, that it was more like broadsword fighting, which isn’t technically what it’s supposed to be because lightsabers are supposed to be light, by nature. So they actually made the lightsabers lighter for us. We, in this film, have, perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”
This could be a good thing or a bad thing. On the good side, we have the possibility of the actors being able to fight longer without cutting which can create an amazing fight scene. Remember those single take fights in Netflix’s Daredevil? On the bad side, we may get too much spinning and twirling like in Revenge of the Sith. As for the setting of the epic fight, photos from Vanity Fair showed a fight between Rey and Kylo Ren while surrounded by water. Many think this fight happens on the carcass of one of the Death Stars shown in the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker (likely the second one given the Emperor’s presence in this film) and may be the last time we see a Skywalker wield a Lightsaber. Let’s all hope it’s more Obi-Wan versus Darth Maul instead of Obi-Wan versus Anakin.
What do you think the lighter Lightsabers will do for the fight scenes? What’s your favorite duel in all of Star Wars? let us know in the comments below!
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