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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Given the nearly $2.1 billion STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has grossed worldwide, it’s safe to say that the franchise is big part of the current pop culture zeitgeist. Months have passed since the film’s release, and while it’s still in theaters, we’re always looking toward the future, and in this case, the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the film.

When it comes to big blockbuster films, fans always wonder what scenes there were that ended up on the cutting room floor. This is especially true for STAR WARS. After all, considering the wide breadth of canon in the franchise, one has to wonder if scenes that end up getting cut should be considered canon. Were they cut out because they slowed down the film, or did they merely conflict with the vision the director has in mind?

Either way, deleted scenes are a great way for fans to connect with a product that could have been, though it looks like STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS may not have a lot to offer in the “hidden canon” category, as there are only seven scenes–none of which seem to be essential. In a recent interview with Independent, the film’s editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon said the following:

“We have been talking about [the deleted scenes],” Brandon began. “But Disney has mentioned to us that – since they’re going to be on the DVD treats for viewers – that we should stop talking about them. […] There aren’t a lot. There’s one with Harrison Ford, there’s one with Rey, but there aren’t a lot.

Markey added, â€œI think there are maybe seven or eight. I don’t know if that’s a lot. I remember looking at the reel. Actually, I think there are seven.”

Ultimately, the scenes didn’t really seem to add much to the film, hence why they were cut.

“I honestly think that what is in the film is exactly what needs to be in the film, and what isn’t remains fun but not necessary. 

“JJ [Abrams, director] really wanted it to be a two-hour movie, and we did strive to do that. But then, at a certain point, we felt like the film is really working for the very few people that we were able to show it to. 

“So we went back to see if we should add any of the things we left off, and there really wasn’t anything that felt like it needed to be in the film. That’s always the goal, to get it down to its essence. There were fun things, but it didn’t actually have to be in the movie for it to work.”

What do you hope to see from these deleted scenes? Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCE: Independent

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.