Wait, [Redacted] Was Supposed To Die In The Force Awakens?

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Now that The Force Awakens has awoken in theaters, various details are emerging about some of the directions NOT taken in the latest Star Wars film. Among them? One character that was supposed to perish after a short amount of screen time.

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Potential spoilers ahead.

Who’s the character? Poe Dameron, according to an interview with Oscar Isaac in GQ Magazine.

Isaac says he had been summoned to Paris for what he suspected might be a role in The Force Awakens. Sure enough, earlier that day, he had met with Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Abrams had pitched him the character of Poe Dameron, a badass fighter pilot battling against the remnants of the Empire.

“He’s amazing!” said Abrams.

“Sounds good!” thought Isaac, whose first experience in a movie theater had been seeing The Empire Strikes Back.

“He opens the whole movie!” said Abrams.

“Sounds great!” thought Isaac.

“And then,” Abrams went on. “He dies.”

“Oh,” thought Isaac.

Illustration for article titled Wait, [Redacted] Was Supposed To Die In iThe Force Awakens/i?
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This makes a bit of sense, when you look back on the finished product. Dameron is presumed dead after his escape from capture, and is abandoned on the desert planet when Rey and Finn escape. It’s only later that he reappears without explanation.

Isaac wasn’t thrilled about what would amount to a lengthy cameo appearance, but he eventually agreed to take on the role. By that time, though, his reaction convinced J.J. Abrams to keep the character around for the rest of the film.

“I went back home [to New York], and I thought about it,” he says. “Then I wrote him and said, ‘Okay. I’ll do it!’ I figured it would be a cameo: I’ll come in, do my thing, and maybe it’s actually better not to have to sign myself up for three movies.” By that time, though, things had changed and Abrams soon wrote back: “Never mind. I’ve figured it out. You’re in the whole movie now.”

“I was like, ‘Holy shit! Alright, cool,’ ” Isaac says.

In the end, Dameron lives to fight another day. The origins of the character does explain why he had a much smaller role in the film than first anticipated.

Undoubtably, there’ll be a new book, short story or comic that will outline just how he escaped from Jakku. I, for one, am happy he survived: he was an interesting, fun character, and I look forward to seeing him in future installments.

[GQ Magazine]

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OK? So this is a spoiler thread? Ok. Spoiler Alert:

Also, if for some reason this isn’t a spoiler thread, just a *little* spoiler thread, feel free to delete this comment mods. I’d HATE to be that guy.

Um, so I haven’t seen it much on the internet other than conjecture, but I’d bet everything I had that Ben and Rey are twins. The Poster basically Knocks us over the head with it, when they pair her staff with his lightsaber, but then *don’t* make it a dividing line in the poster between light and dark. On the same poster they put Lea and Han in stepping stone formation with the exact same pose, and then put Rey and Ben in stepping stone formation with the exact same pose. On top of the poster we have Lea’s long hug after her husband died. She went immediately to Rey, didn’t bother much with Chewy... the lifelong friend of them both. I don’t even think she MET Rey on that other planet... remember? Rey was captured before Lea got there. And then you have Han’s extreme awkwardness when asking her to join his crew... such awkwardness was only reserved for things that were really important to him in the trilogy. To top it off, Ren and Rey ended the movie doing the exact same thing as each other, only in mirror image, by going to their respective masters to hone their skills. They are 100% twins. This is 6th grade literary interpretation stuff. Easy. I wish I could find somewhere to bet on this.

And I swear if I find this explanation on io9 or reddit tomorrow and you don’t give some some to good ol’ iGatsby, imma be sore and hurt. I feel like this is the first time I was first to anything.