Last night, we felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million people went to see a movie and were suddenly rocked. But did you notice a few missing pieces? After months of dissecting the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a few bits were not in the actual movie.
This is totally normal, of course. Every movie does this nowadays. But it’s interesting to look over all the stuff that was in the trailers for The Force Awakens but not in the final movie. In at least one case, it hints at a subplot or a sequence that must have been cut from the movie at a fairly late date.
Warning: There are some spoilers ahead, since we’re discussing what’s not in the movie.
So here goes:
Kylo Ren turns on his lightsaber and crossguard—that famous shot from
the very first trailer that got io9 featured on Colbert.
Maz Kanata asks Rey who she is, and she replies “No-one.”
Luke Skywalker gives a version of his speech from Return of the Jedi about the fact that “The Force is strong in my family.” This is a slightly different version than the one in RotJ, and Mark Hamill recorded it just for this trailer. But it’s not in the movie, and we still don’t know for sure whom he’s supposed to be talking to.
Rey stands in front of the exhaust of a dead star destroyer—we see
her in there in the film, but we never see her go in.
This shot of Finn popping up in the desert on Jakku is in the film, but not the slow shot of the desert, making his appearance more of a shock. It’s more of a quick cut in the actual movie.
Finn says, “I was raised to do one thing, and I’ve got nothing to fight for.” There seems to be a lot of voiceovers in the second trailer that may have been recorded just for the trailer, in fact.
Kylo Ren says, “Nothing will stand in our way. I’ll show them the Dark Side.” This is also apparently a voiceover recorded just for the trailer.
Maz Kanata says, “Hope is not lost today. It is found.” Another voiceover, but this is from a different trailer, and sounds like something she might have been meant to say in the film.
The closeup of the Knights of Ren with Kylo Ren—we only glimpse the whole gang briefly, and we don’t get such a good look at them in the film.
Maz Kanata hands Luke’s lightsaber to a woman, probably Leia. This is the big one. This is apparently from a whole scene that was cut, and we never see these two women meet on screen.
And on an unrelated note, this is Constable Zuvio! He’s a character who we heard a fair bit about, and he even has his own action figure. But apparently, he’s not in the film. Oh well.