With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wrapping up the nine-movie Skywalker Saga, IGN is celebrating the occasion by looking back on one of our favorite parts of the franchise: the iconic lightsaber duels. Each episode of Star Wars: Breaking Down the Duels will focus on one of the many lightsaber fights as we catch up with the cast and crew that created them. They share behind-the-scenes stories, offer insightful commentary, and even toss in some trivia you might not have known.Check out a preview of our episode line-up for "Star Wars: Breaking Down the Duels," and click through to the full interviews in the links below. And don’t forget to come back every week in the lead up to Episode IX for a new entry in the series.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul
Watch as Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor, VFX Supervisor John Knoll, and Stunt Coordinator/Fight Choreographer Nick Gillard reflect on the crown jewel of lightsaber fights, “Duel of the Fates.” The fan-favorite battle saw Jedi duo Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn take on the Sith assassin Darth Maul in a two-on-one fight for the ages. The cast and crew explains why the confrontation had to be so spectacular, points out some cool little details, and why they think it holds up as the best lightsaber duel ever filmed.
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