‘Star Wars’ Signals: We Now Know Why Dark Side Lightsabers Are Red

The Force Awakens

Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.

1. Deleted scene from The Force Awakens shows lead-up to gruesome encounter from the novel

One of the more violent (and not-so-kid-appropriate) moments from the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens involved an encounter between Unkar Plutt and Chewbacca. In the scene, Plutt had tracked Rey all the way to Maz Kanata’s castle, demanding she return the Millennium Falcon. The two briefly exchange heated words, before Chewbacca steps in, and rips Unkar Plutt’s god damn arm off. It’s a scene that’s tough to include in a film marketed toward both children and adults, so it’s no surprise that it didn’t make it into the final cut. The deleted scene we now have courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, doesn’t include the actual arm-removal, but it does show how Chewie got angry enough to start ripping off limbs.

2. Ahsoka novel reveals why dark side lightsabers are red

Rey and Kylo Ren - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Kylo Ren and his red lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

So far, each new Star Wars book has revealed something new about the expansive universe. The Leia-centric Star Wars: Bloodline novel showed us the beginning stages of the First Order. Aftermath: Life Debt dove in headfirst to the liberation of Chewbacca’s enslaved homeworld. For Ahsoka, we’re given some background into the life of Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice after she left the Jedi Order. It’s not just that though, one passage in the book goes in-depth with an explanation on just why it is that the Sith carry red lightsabers. Per Screenrant’s rundown of the novel:

Kyber crystals choose Force users and present themselves to their desired owner, but dark siders don’t experience this same connection to the crystals. The only way the Sith and other dark side Force users can collect kyber crystals is by stealing them or plundering them off the bodies of their fallen foes. Even if a dark sider were to acquire a kyber crystal from a green or blue saber, the act of bending the crystal to their will in a new lightsaber will cause the crystal to ‘bleed,’ turning it red.

3. Fan-made supercut combines every Rogue One trailer in one convenient place

Lucasfilm has been slowly rolling out teasers and footage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the last seven or so months now. The result has been a collection of thrilling trailers with tons of juicy information on what we can expect once the movie hits theaters in December. One ambitious fan took every bit of footage released by the studio, and combined it into a single six minute supercut.

While the sudden changes in the soundtrack are fairly jarring throughout, it’s still interesting to see scenes from the film assembled in chronological order. Jyn’s introduction to the Rebellion is especially enlightening, with the entire encounter pieced together from three separate trailers.

4. Ewan McGregor says he’d be on board for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie

Obi Wan Kenobi - Ewan McGregor

Obi-Wan Kenobi | Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm has the roadmap for Star Wars planned all the way through 2020, featuring two additions to the new trilogy, and three standalone “Anthology” movies. What we don’t have yet, is a film that fills in the massive gap between Obi-Wan Kenobi’s initial exile to Tatooine, and his appearance as an old man in Star Wars: A New Hope. Ewan McGregor is all too aware of that omission too, stating recently that “it would be fun to film that story now [that] I’m older,” while going on to claim that he “could do two of them.”

There’s no shortage of potential stories to tell for Obi-Wan’s lost days. It’s just up to Lucasfilm to green-light the project and give McGregor a phone call.

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