The Star Wars saga is one of the best-known in the entire history of cinema, as a fan-favorite of every generation – and a brand new trilogy aiming to bring even more fans into the fold. But you would be surprised to know just how many scenes director George Lucas originally meant to include in his space epic. Scenes that could have turned out to be completely unforgettable, if they hadn’t wound up on the cutting room floor.
Here are Screenrant’s 10 Star Wars Movie Scenes You’ve Never Seen.
Greedo Never Learns
No Star Wars prequel take more heat than The Phantom Menace, but fans missed out on one original trilogy cameo that was guaranteed to cause some controversy. After Anakin wins the podrace, Qui-Gon finds the boy fighting with a young Rodian who claims he cheated. When the kids are split up, the final reveal comes: it’s no random Rodian, but a young Greedo, the same bounty hunter who would learn the hard way that Han always shoots first… depending on who you ask.
A Proud Smuggler
The assault on the shield generator station in Return of the Jedi always seemed a bit rushed, and with good reason: the original version had Han and his team taking out a squad of stormtroopers before being ambushed and captured. But the real shame is that audiences never got to hear what could have been another classic Han Solo one liner. When cornered and accused of being “rebel scum,” the Corellian smuggler takes genuine offense to the term, as only he can.
No diehard Star Wars fan will ever forget the first time Luke mentioned he’d be making a trip to Tosche station for some all-important power converters (but was eventually made to realize that having fun with his friends would have to wait). But the location was originally going to be shown in the movie, when Luke rushed to tell his friends about the space battle visible over Tatooine. The scene also introduced Luke’s best friend Biggs Darklighter, long before the two were reunited before the attack on the Death Star. At the time, Biggs was still training to be an Imperial pilot before defecting to the Rebellion.
Freezing cold isn’t the only danger on Hoth, and The Empire Strikes Back opens with Luke finding out how much damage a wild Wampa can really do. But the massive yeti-like creatures were originally going to be shown as a headache for the Rebels’ entire Echo Base, with the troops managing to trap them in a single section. When the Empire breaks in and the heroes flee, C- 3PO has the bright idea to remove the warning sign, leading one trooper into a bloody end. Apparently, the droid doing something clever, funny and helpful was deemed too out of character, and the scene was cut.
Seeds of The Rebellion
It’s not hard to guess why yet another political subplot was cut out of Revenge of the Sith, but we would bet most fans would have liked to see Padme and Bail Organa start to form the future Rebel Alliance in the senate’s back rooms. Especially working with a young Mon Mothma years before she would lead the resistance 0 and brief Luke Skywalker on the Death Star’s weakness. Considering how many extra subplots didn’t get cut, this one seems like a missed opportunity, and a clever way of linking the prequels and original trilogy.
If you’ve ever wondered why the second Death Star didn’t just blow up Endor’s forest moon and take out Han Solo and Leia once and for all, a deleted scene has the answer. The Emperor actually gave that exact order, demanding the battlestation destroy the moon if its shields were ever sabotaged. It’s hard to know why the scene was taken out, since it would have added a ticking clock to the entire Ewok battle, and Moff Jerjerrod’s mixed feelings over killing his own troops along with the enemy showed not every Imperial officer was completely evil.
Luke’s New Lightsaber
We know what you’re thinking: there’s no way that a scene showing Luke as a full-fledged Jedi Knight, building his own Lightsaber could be cut out of Return of the Jedi, right? Wrong. Before he sent his droids into Jabba’s palace, Luke’s new look was originally going to be revealed as he put the finishing touches on his new green saber. The scene makes his plan to smuggle the weapon through security (inside R2) a bit clearer, but his second reveal to Jabba the Hutt was deemed to be better. We’ll let the fans decide that one.
C-3PO Saves The Day
It’s no secret George Lucas strayed into creepy territory with the implied love between Luke and Leia, but eventually played their kiss in The Empire Strikes Back as a joke at Han’s expense, when the characters were revealed to be brother and sister. But a deleted scene took things much, much farther. Not only is the scene a more romantic one, it shows that both siblings were genuinely attracted to eachother, and on the verge of a passionate kiss before C-3PO interrupts. Some claim the deleted scene is proof Lucas still hadn’t decided the two were twins when the movie was filmed, and frankly, that’s the only explanation for this scene that doesn’t make our skin crawl.
You Only Die Twice
General Grievous may have gotten more laughs than screams, but the Jedi-killer’s original introduction in Revenge of The Sith showed he was no joke, executing a Jedi named Shaak Ti with her own lightsaber. The lighthearted hand signals between Obi-Wan and Anakin that followed her death showed the scene was a bit too awkward to work, but Lucas seemed determined to kill the Jedi on screen. So determined, he also planned to show her death at the hands of Anakin Skywalker when he first turned to the Dark Side – a plan which was also scrapped.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
The budding romance between Anakin Skywalker and Padme in Attack of the Clones wasn’t a hit with most critics, but George Lucas originally planned to spend even more time on their courtship. Deleted scenes take the pair to visit Padme’s parents and older sister, who can’t help but notice the young Jedi’s affection. It’s hard to say this dating drama is really a fit for the series at all, but in the end, the director probably decided introducing characters who’d never know what happened to their grandchildren raised more questions than it answered.
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