Early last week, ILM.com had released some concept art for “Star Wars” Episode VII. Now, as part of the promotion for the Blu-ray release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the official YouTube page of Star Wars has released a teaser of the deleted scenes for the J.J. Abrams film. Any Star Wars footage is gold to fans of the franchise and the deleted scenes for Episode VII are quite interesting.
The teaser clip opens with a shot of Kylo Ren entering the Millennium Falcon, peering inside the cockpit of the famous Corellian freighter. The scene becomes very important because we know Kylo Ren is Ben Solo, Han Solo and General Leia’s son.
The scene in its entirety will be even more poignant and melancholic for “Star Wars” fans because Ben Solo killed his own father in the Starkiller base. Kylo Ren visiting the Millennium Falcon must have brought back memories of himself as a child inside the Falcon with his father and Chewbacca. Well, Han Solo will return, as a young boy.
The scene would have added more mental conflict to Kylo Ren who was already being “torn apart” by his decision to embrace the dark side and his inability to fully let go of the light. This is why he felt the need to murder his father; to sever the most important relationship in his life. The scene was likely cut for pacing reasons.
The next clip from another scene shows Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, and Maz Kanata in the basement of her castle, being cornered by stormtroopers. The scene had Maz Kanata using the Force to bring down the ceiling on the First Order soldiers to allow Han and company to escape.
Collider had spoken to Chris Corbould, SFX supervisor for “The Force Awakens” back in January. Corbould said he was proud of the scene with Maz Kanata and was sad to see it removed.
“There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling.
From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well,” Corbould told Collider.
According to Entertainment Weekly, there will be a total of seven deleted scenes in the Blu-ray of Episode VII. The other special features will include “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey,” “The Story Awakens: The Table Read,” “Building BB-8,” “Crafting Creatures,” “Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight,” “John Williams: The Seventh Symphony,” “ILM: The Visual Magic of the Force” and “Force for Change.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be released on Digital HD on April 1 and on Blu-ray on April 5. Watch the deleted scenes teaser below.