A new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” deleted scene will reveal the fate of junk dealer Unkar Platt, and will also feature an angry Chewbacca, echoing a couple of classic moments from a “A New Hope.”
Entertainment Weekly shared a partial version of the deleted scene that will feature in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 3D Blu-ray Collector’s Edition. The outtake is set in Maz Kanata’s castle on planet Takonada, after Chewie and Han have recovered the Millennium Falcon. Rey is confronted by Plutt, from whom she and Finn stole the venerable spacecraft while fleeing Jakku and evading the First Order. The corpulent junk dealer is none too pleased with the former scavenger and grabs her. Rey pulls out a blaster and shakily points it at the villain, but he quickly disarms her. Chewbacca intervenes and relieves him of the pilfered weapon.
The junk dealer then teases the Falcon’s copilot and prods the Wookiee’s bandaged arm. The scene fades at this point but what happens next is said to be fairly gruesome. In an echo of the infamous Cantina scene that shows Obi-Wan Kenobi using his lightsaber to sever the arm of Ponda Bab—the walrus-faced alien who assaulted Luke Skywalker—Chewie rips off and hurls away Plutt’s arm.
This violent act also recalls the infamous holographic chess scene in “Star Wars.” After Chewbacca roars in rage at R2-D2’s move, C-3PO suggests that the move is fair, and that screaming won’t help. Han tells him that It’s not wise to upset the Falcon’s co-pilot: “…droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookies are known to do that,” he cautions Threepio.
The protocol droid then encourages his mechanical companion to adopt a different approach. “I suggest a new strategy, R2,” he proclaims. “Let the Wookie win.”
It seems J.J. Abrams wanted to show the hinted-at Wookiee in action, but may have thought better of it. Then again, the scene adds little to the story, and may have been too intense for some viewers, despite being a darkly humorous Easter egg for long time “Star Wars” fans.
You’ll be able to see the deleted scene in its entirety when the four-disc “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray releases on November 15.
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