‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Deleted Trailer Scene Explained

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Deleted Trailer Scene Explained
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One of the wonderful things about movie events as grand as the latest installment of “Star Wars” is the fact that after watching the film, fans and viewers begin to formulate theories based on all the material that has been released for the film. This, of course, extends to television spots and teaser trailers, which also include scenes that didn’t make the final cut. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for “Star Wars-Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

In almost every movie, from MARVEL movies to the “Star Wars” franchise, there are several scenes that didn’t make the final cut. These scenes, also known as “deleted scenes,” are often included as a bonus feature when the Blu-Ray versions of the films are released, much to the delight of the fans.


However, with a movie as big as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with fans scrutinizing every move and every shot included in all of the promotional material and in the film, it is not surprising that most fans have noticed that there is a particular scene in the trailers that wasn’t shown in the actual film.

According to a recent interview that director J.J. Abrams had with Collider, he confirmed that they had cut a lot of scenes out of the film for the final cut. He also revealed that if one were to compile the deleted scenes together, it would probably be around ten to twenty minutes long.

According to a recent interview that Abrams had with Entertainment Weekly, he mentioned that sometimes, there are some scenes that need to be edited out for the purpose of storytelling.

Sometimes, the scene wasn’t really needed, and sometimes, adding a particular sequence would only spoil an emotional build-up, or give a particular character too much exposition.

In another recent interview that Abrams had with Entertainment Weekly, during the question and answer portion after a screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the Writers Guild of America, Abrams was able to clear the air regarding a particular scene that didn’t make it to the final cut, but was seen in the trailer.

Many fans have noticed that the scene in the trailer where Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) handed Luke Skywalker’ s (Mark Hamill) lightsaber to General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) was not included in the final cut.

However, according to Abrams, there was a good reason why they left that scene out.


Abrams explained that they did shoot some scenes in which Maz was with members of the Resistance on one of their bases, but as the character didn’t really do anything important during that scene, they decided to remove it, as it wasn’t essential to the main storyline.

Now, fans can go back to theorizing, without having to consider the consequences of this particular deleted scene.

Are you satisfied with this explanation for that particular deleted scene?  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.