We’re quickly closing in on the release date for the at-home release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and of all the various special features, it’s the deleted scenes that have captured our collective interest the most. While there won’t be a way to watch them cut into the movie itself, it’ll still represent never-before-scene Star Wars footage. We know that there will be approximately seven to eight deleted scenes in total, but as of now, we only have a small idea as to what they’ll include.
As of now, we have details on around three of the promise seven to eight scenes. The latest trailer from Lucasfilm though continues to shed some light, providing context for scenes we’ve heard about and ones that are brand new altogether. The trailer is only a minute long, but in it we can see plenty of tidbits that raise a whole lot of questions (and promise at least some answers). Here’s what we were able to catch ourselves.
1. Kylo Ren visits the Millenium Falcon
The first scene the trailer teases us with shows us Kylo Ren, striding aboard the crashed Millenium Falcon on Starkiller Base. In the original cut of The Force Awakens, all we really know is that Ren was generally aware of Han Solo’s arrival on the planet, but never chose to venture outside of his base, allowing Solo to come to him for their climactic face-off. The deleted scenes will paint a different picture, as the man formerly known as Ben Solo takes a stroll down memory lane aboard his father’s iconic ship.
2. Maz Kanata using the Force?
This is a scene that’s been teased at for awhile. What we’ve heard tells us that we’ll see Maz actually using the Force to collapse a tunnel on a group of Stormtroopers, and what we’re seeing here looks like the perfect setup for that. At the same time, it would make for a strange reversal, given that Maz herself notes how she’s not so much a Force-user as much as a believer in its power to peacefully balance the Galaxy. She’s still likely to have picked up some tricks over the last 1,000 years of her life though, so it wouldn’t be entirely crazy for her to have some basic Force-centric abilities.
3. A possible hint as to Finn’s current condition
When we last left Finn, he was recovering from a beating at the hands of Kylo Ren, still unconscious by the time Rey left to find Luke Skywalker at the end of the movie. In terms of his exact medical condition, all we really know is what was told to us in a brief sequence when he was unloaded onto the Rebel base: “He’s alive!” Above we see a deleted scene where he’s taken inside, looked at by medical professionals and droids, and hopefully, given a more thorough diagnosis past “hey, at least he’s not dead.”
4. More Rey
The Rey we see here looks like she’s fresh off her victory over Kylo Ren, as she looks on over what we’re guessing is Finn’s medical treatment. Given the mystery surrounding her identity, any additional scenes with the talented young Force-user could potentially provide us with clues concerning her origin. When you consider that this deleted scene takes place directly before she meets Luke, perhaps we’ll get some exposition about her journey to learn more about the Force from the galaxy’s last Jedi.
5. Harrison Ford’s admission about J.J. Abrams’s approach to the deleted scenes
Strictly speaking, this wasn’t given to us by the deleted scenes trailer, but it’s worth pointing out all the same. Ford went on Jimmy Kimmel this week to help plug the DVD/Blu-Ray release for The Force Awakens, and in the process, inadvertently told us what we’ve always suspected all along: That the deleted scenes were never meant to make the final cut. In the interview, Ford points out his own surprise at finding out they’d all shot scenes specifically meant for the Blu-Ray release, giving us some insight into the process on-set for bringing the special features to life.
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