Star Wars: The Force Awakens Editors Reveal Details on Two Deleted Scenes

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 5:47PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 5:47PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Editors Reveal Details on Two Deleted Scenes
The editors of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were in attendance at Hollywood Reporter's Oscar Nominees Night this week, celebrating their first Academy nod for their work on JJ Abrams' movie. During their time at the event Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon revealed some details on their favorite scenes that didn't make the final cut. 

For Markey, it was a scene involving Captain Phasma, which was eventually cut because of what they perceived to be continuity issues with the rest of the film.

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There was actually a fun thing with Captain Phasma ordering all of the ships into the air. But they didn't realize that Han and Finn had just thrown her down the garbage chute.
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I've got mixed feelings about this particular scene. Sure, I understand the continuity issues detailed by Markey, but Phasma was a character who felt underutilized in the movie, especially given how heavily she featured in the promo and marketing materials. Judging on what we've read about Phasma in things like the Visual Dictionary, she sounds like a genuinely compelling character, and it would have been nice to see her given more opportunities to display her status. Hopefully this will happen in Episode VIII, though.



Next is a scene detailed by Brandon, which features Chewbacca coming to save Rey from an angry Unkar Plutt.

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There is a scene in the Cantina –or our version of it, the Maz Castle– where Rey, once she separates from Finn, wanders off and Unkar Plutt is there, because he's been tracking her because she stole the Falcon from him. They have a confrontation and Chewie comes in and rips his arm off.
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As fun as it would have been to see Chewie's much-vaunted arm ripping abilities in action, Brandon goes on to say that emotionally it didn't quite fit with the story. We're inclined to agree with her, especially as she appears to hint that it was shot as an homage to fans of the famous Wookiee. There was quite enough fan service in the movie already, a scene like this is definitely best kept as a Blu-Ray/DVD extra.



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