Mark Hamill Confirms that the Original Opening for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Leaked

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 - 5:23PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 - 5:23PM
Mark Hamill Confirms that the Original Opening for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Leaked
By now, we've all pretty much memorized the opening moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with pinpoint accuracy. However, some 18 months ago when we were all just rabid, information-hungry Star Wars fans looking for our next fix, the internet was set ablaze when sources claimed to have secured a detailed description of the movie's as yet unseen opening moments. 

The description painted a picture of a lightsaber in the grip of a severed hand floating through space as it made its way towards an unnamed planet. When it entered the planet's atmosphere, the hand melted away leaving the lightsaber to tumble to the surface, after which it was grabbed by a strange alien hand. It all sounded a little silly and distinctly un-Star Wars, so imagine our relief when December 17th 2015 rolled around and the opening scene was something completely different. It looked like that detailed description was just one of the many failed attempts at guessing the plot of this massive cinematic event. 

But that's actually not quite the case, because Mark Hamill has just confirmed that the scene described in the leak was in fact very real.

Speaking with The Sun, Hamill recounts the moment when he first read the movie's opening minutes.

Opening quote
"One day I read the first 15 minutes of the film absolutely accurately" he said. "I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of 7, the first thing that came into frame was a hand with a lightsaber, a severed hand that enters the atmosphere, and then the hand and bone burns away and goes sticking into the surface of Jakku" he added. "and this alien hand comes in, don't know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the light saber way, and then the movie proceeds as you see it."
Closing quote

Personally, I'm glad they changed it, but I sure am curious to know why the change was made. Was it because of the leak, or was it a simple change in direction?

Hamill's comments came during a conversation about one of the many Force For Change charity initiatives. From 1am today until midnight (GMT) on Sunday, for every pound you give, The Sun and Disney will both give another pound, up to a combined £100,000. Donate now at gosh.org/thesun/forceforchange.
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