By now you’ve probably watched your Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray or Digital HD several times, and as part of that package, you’ve also probably enjoyed the deleted scenes…
Thanks to an interview that Collider caught with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and actor Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt), we now know that there will be more deleted scenes from The Force Awakens, headed our way, via online. Check it out:
According to Collider when they spoke to Abrams at the junket for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the director said there was roughly a dozen deleted scenes, and that about ten to twenty minutes would end up making their way on the Blu-ray. However, when the Blu-ray was released last week, the deleted scenes totaled closer to five minutes, and the scenes were very brief.
So Collider decided to ask the man (J.J. Abrams) himself what was up with that:
"“I think there are going to be some more that are going to be available online, but I don’t know when that’s going to happen. But there are some others.”"
Then Abrams and Simon Pegg happily chirp back and forth:
"PEGG: “Most of them feature me, funnily enough. There’s a whole story featuring Unkar. Like him opening his shop.” ABRAMS: “There is, actually.”"
Abrams goes on to say that Disney isn’t pullins some nefarious plan to hold back scenes from fans, in order to release all the big deleted scenes on one big box set, once the Sequel Trilogy is completed.
I would imagine if the extra deleted scenes are going to be released online, then Disney/Lucasfilm will do it on Starwars.com where they will be free to the public. Hopefully we will get to see Unkar Plutt follow the Falcon and Rey to Maz’s castle and watch Chewie rip his arms out, or see Maz bring down the ceiling of her basement on a platoon of First Order stormtroopers by using the Force.
Then there’s Maz actually returning back to the Resistance base and handing Leia the Skywalker familial lightsaber, like we saw in the trailers, and of course that amazing shot of Kylo Ren stomping off into the snowy forest — back to the camera — as he ignites that crossguard lightsaber that set the internet on fire.
Hopefully we will get to see these The Force Awakens extra deleted scenes sooner than later, and hopefully they will be free online, for the public to see. Thanks to Collider for the interview and keeping Abrams on his toes.