The Deleted Scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Slashfilm has just made a report about several deleted and extended scenes in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, including a few we’ve discussed in the past. Click ahead to see some of the highlights of their article.
Obviously, major spoilers will ensue, so read at your own risk.
Some of the key scenes described include the following:
- The infamous rumor of the lightsaber floating in space sequence was actually true, and the scene was originally going to kick off the movie. Even weirder was that it didn’t take place in the present, but about a minute of footage was set in the past before jumping into the assault on the Jakku village. The space-faring lightsaber scene would later be revisited in the flashback sequence (which itself was significantly abridged in the final cut – more on that later). I think we can all agree that this was a good cut to make due to the nonsensical nature of the scene and the jarring interruption of the narrative that it would have created.
- Korr Sella, the character who we see react in horror as Starkiller Base fires upon the entire Hosnian System, originally had a slightly larger role. Before her untimely demise, she was going to be seen reporting to General Leia to discuss her next course of action (which was to go to Hosnian Prime on her behalf to testify to the senate about the danger of the First Order). The scene would explain the the political climate of the Galaxy Far, Far Away by showing the First Order’s corrupting influence within the New Republic and how Leia’s efforts to fund the Resistance were seen from within the government. This would have been the only “political” sequence in the entirety of the movie, but it seems like it would given Hosnian Prime’s destruction and Sella’s subsequent death more of an emotional torque.
- A sequence on Takodana where Unkar Plutt tracks Rey down to get “his” ship back and to get even with her for taking the Millennium Falcon (shown above). He steals her weapon and corners her, but Chewbacca comes to her aid. Plutt bullies Chewbacca for his wound and asks what good a one-armed Wookiee is… only to get his arm torn off and tossed across the room, much to the annoyance of a few gamblers after it lands on their playing desk. A reader of ours, King3000, informed us of this very scene over a year ago.
- Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke had a discussion about Darth Vader. Snoke says that he viewed Vader as an exemplary individual who let sentiment get the better of him, and Kylo agrees. The conversation also reveals that Snoke was old enough to have witnessed the Clone Wars in their entirety.
- During the flashback, Rey actually saw Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader during the brief vision of Cloud City at the very beginning of the sequence. This is something we talked about on The Resistance Broadcast, but it didn’t quite make the cut in the end. The scene was included in the flashback in order to clarify how the lightsaber got from Bespin to Takodana.
- Maz was originally shown going to D’Qar and handing the lightsaber over to Leia, most likely discussing the Force in the process. The scene was cut because Maz didn’t get to do anything after that.
- After the Millennium Falcon‘s crash-landing on Starkiller Base, Snowtroopers were apparently meant to discover it and find it empty. Kylo, having sensed it, visits the ship himself and mournfully reflects his life as Ben Solo.
- The movie was originally going to have a speeder bike battle on Starkiller Base. Some eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that when Finn and Rey arrive at the thermal oscillator, they’re standing right by a speeder that wasn’t shown in any previous shot. In an earlier scene, Finn and Rey hijacked the speeder to divert Stormtroopers from chasing Han Solo and Chewbacca while they installed the detonators. Finn drives and Rey guns, but eventually the two have to switch places to take down their pursuers.
The bright side to all of this is that the Blu-Ray for the film is expected to have 15-20 minutes of deleted scenes, which ought to make up the vast majority of what was seen in the film’s first cut (which was 2 hours and 40 minutes). We have a similar article planned to cover additional information about the movie’s cut content, so stay tuned for that.
For the full article make sure to go to /Film.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.