Mr Sunday Movies explores unused ideas for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The deleted scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens extend beyond what was left on the cutting room floor and go back as far as 2012 when the filmmaking process began. That means there’s a whole lot of unused concept art, two scrapped versions including one by George Lucas and of course what was filmed but didn’t make it into the final film (spoilers).
With Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm towards the end of 2012 a number of artists were given the go ahead to create a set of guided imagery that served to get the creative juices flowing. Many of these images can be found in the hard cover book, The Art Of Star Wars The Force Awakens and include a proto Finn and Rey, the first lightsabers and a pony tailed Luke Skywalker looking trapped and forlorn.
With Michael Arndt given script writing duties the story began to take shape including the idea that part of the story revolved around searching through the underwater wreckage of the second Death Star in order to find the location of the hidden Jedi temples. Some elements did carry over into the final product, but for the most part Arndt’s Luke Skywalker heavy script was scrapped in favour JJ. Abrams’ and Lawrence Kasdan’s vision.