With a runtime of 2 hours and 16 minutes, some scenes were bound to be cut from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Collider, SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould described one of his favorite deleted scenes, which featured Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) in action.
“There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling,” Corbould revealed.
“From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it,” he added. “That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well.”
While describing the scene, Corbould mentioned Maz’s “powers” — something never seen in the film, but definitely worth keeping an eye on for the upcoming sequels.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. The film is now playing in theaters.