With all the news lately about the Han Solo spinoff (as it gears up to start production next month), it's easy to forget that another new Star Wars movie is just around the corner. The as-of-yet-still-untitled Episode VIII starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac is due out this December, and it promises to be a good one, reportedly as different to Star Wars: Episode VII -The Force Awakens as The Empire Strikes Back was to its predecessor A New Hope.
The Force Awakens, for its part, has received a lot of comparisons to Episode IV - A New Hope. Both movies feature a protagonist with a secret past who dream of a better life and discover they are one with the Force. Yet it goes beyond that when you realize there's also a droid delivering important information, a trio of lead characters, a mentor figure and a somewhat sympathetic villain in both movies. Not to mention the infamous cantina scene in A New Hope, which is then paid homage to in The Force Awakens.
A lot of deleted scenes have come out from The Force Awakens since its release more than a year ago. Some have given us more insight into the characters - like a recent one with General Leia Organa - while others have simply been fun extras. Back in October, a deleted scene was released with Unkar Plutt, the junk dealer who made Rey’s life miserable on the desert world of Jakku before her escape. He later tracks the stolen Millennium Falcon down to Maz Kanata’s castle on the planet Takodana where he comes in contact with Chewbacca. That's where the previous clip ended, but the new one above reveals Plutt's fate.
For the most part, we've only seen the soft and cuddly side of Chewbacca, but there have been hints that Wookiees can and do get angry if they're pushed to the limit. In A New Hope, C-3PO was even warned in an exchange with Han Solo to not upset Chewie by beating him at chess, leaving the droid to say, “But sir, nobody ever worries about upsetting a droid.” Han Solo then sarcastically replies, “That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose.” Turns out Han was speaking the truth, and it probably wasn't wise for Plutt to tempt fate by poking Chewie in the arm.
The scene is just one more connection between the two movies, even though it never made it to the screen. It would have been a nice little nod to the original series, but in the end wasn't really necessary to the overall story of The Force Awakens. For the most part, the scene simply returns Plutt to tie up loose ends by having him pay for harassing Rey all those years. The tone of the scene also doesn't match the seriousness of what's happening at Maz Kanata’s castle. Still, it's interesting to see all these extra deleted scenes while we wait on the release of Episode VIII later this year.
Source: Trailers and BTS
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- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
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- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019