Disney teased “real” retractable lightsabers for Star Wars fans during a recent virtual presentation for their parks.
At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, fans have the chance to build their own lightsaber or purchase a hilt wielded by beloved characters from the franchise. It now sounds like Disney, and their Imagineers conjured up new lightsabers that will be as close to the real thing we may ever get.
Towards the end of “A Special Look Inside Disney Parks,” Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro pulled out a lightsaber, turned it on, and proclaimed “it’s real” right before the video went black, according to Spectrum News 13. On Twitter, Walt Disney Imagineering’s Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge later confirmed that what was seen at the virtual event was real. The video hasn’t been released online, but this isn’t the first time these details about this lightsaber type have surfaced. Back in 2018, Google Patents revealed specs for a similar-sounding lightsaber device that retracts a blade.
A lot of questions today about whether the lightsaber that Josh D'Amaro revealed today was real or CGI, and, whether I'd share photos or video.
— Scott Trowbridge (@strowbridge) April 9, 2021
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Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, the film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa by using previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
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