Check Out The Anakin Skywalker Reference Cut From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By May 3, 2016

For the most part, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was fairly light on references to the prequel films from George Lucas. Other than a throwaway line about the clone army and a few others, the main focus of the film seemed to be only about recapturing the same magic and tone of the Original Trilogy, which some may argue the film focused too heavily on.

However, it turns out that the film had originally contained a small blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to none other than Anakin Skywalker himself, and his podracing days on Tatooine in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which fans may have already spotted in one of the teaser trailers for the film.

Reddit user Aero-Space noticed that in the shot outside of Maz Kanata’s castle in one of the original trailers, amongst the many flags hung up in front, which many noticed included a Mandalorian symbol as well, was none other than Anakin’s official podracer logo from Episode I as well. Check out the images below:

the force awakens podracer

However, the Reddit users noticed that in both the theatrical and blu ray versions of the film, the flag and its memorable logo was cut from the movie, which begs the question of why exactly Abrams and co. originally intended to include the logo at all, and then why they went ahead and cut it, even after teasing its existence in one of the trailers.

Well, we have our answer it looks like, thanks to a Rolling Stone Magazine profile of J.J. Abrams (H/T /Film), in which the interview directly addresses why and when the filmmaker decided to cut the flag from the final version of the film:

Abrams, fresh from his speech about the importance of details, sits at the center of the editing room…They begin by reviewing a shot shown in the trailer, where dozens of flags appear on a castle that belongs to Maz Kanata, a mysterious little goggle-wearing creature, played by Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) via motion-capture and CGI. The flags are designed to drive superfans nuts with references to the earlier movies, but Abrams tells Guyett that too many of them allude to the first of Lucas’ prequels: “I don’t want to be too about podracers,” he says. “I’d rather come up with our stuff.”

So there it is. It looks like Abrams was worried about including too many Easter eggs and homages to the previous films and lore I guess, which is a valid concern considering the amounts of analyzation and frame-by-frame dissections that movies like The Force Awakens may experience from its fans. But then again, it looks like we still managed to talk about it anyways.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is available on blu ray and DVD now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable