‘Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Deleted Scene of Maz Kanata Fighting Stormtroopers

By January 14, 2016

Now that the whole world has seen Star Wars the Force Awakens, it’s no surprise to me that the entire process behind the camera, be it VFX shots and/or deleted scenes are making the rounds for all to see. Rumor has it that JJ Abrams cut something like 20 minutes from the film! That’s 20 whole minutes of extra Star Wars! See, when you’re dealing with Star Wars, pacing aside, filmmaker choices aside – for the fans – deleted scenes are more sought after than a mint condition action figure of Boba Fett. Wait, that’s probably too bold a statement.

Collider has just released a video of Editor in Chief, Steven “Frosty” Weintraub, sitting down with some of the geniuses behind the effects – Neal Scanlon (CFX & SMUFX Creative Supervisor), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor ILM) and Patrick Tubach (VFX Supervisor ILM) to talk about some of their work and their favorite scenes that didn’t end up in the movie but might in the Blu-Ray release (hoping we get a director’s cut as well). You can watch the video below:

The one scene that sticks out the most, I’m sure one that will stick out for most everyone, is the one mentioned where Maz Kanata uses her “powers” to take out some Stormtroopers.

Let me just speak for everyone… Why? Why did you cut it, JJ? I was wondering what Maz’ powers would be like – we know she’s ‘Force Sensitive.’ And it would have been pretty amazing to see what she is capable of. Now, I just wonder if the reason they cut her is for pacing issues AND saving it for her character in Episode VIII.

Here’s a snippet of what they talked about.

Collider: A lot of people have been talking, and J.J. talked over the weekend, about deleted scenes from the movie. I guess the Blu-ray, I think he told me, would have 10 or 20 minutes of added scenes. I’m curious for both of you, have you seen a lot of the deleted scenes? Do you remember a lot of stuff? Were you sad to see something go?

CHRIS CORBOULD: 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.

Even the shot was “almost” finished and Corbould was proud of it! Shoot. Well, all that aside, what I get from this conversation is that there is a lot of shots that didn’t make it – BUT – chances are, they’ll show up in the deleted scene extras on the Blu Ray.

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