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Mark Hamill details the original opening scene for ‘The Force Awakens’

Published May 5th, 2016 5:10PM EDT
Star Wars The Force Awakens Alternate Opening Scene

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One of the rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens that caught fire long before the movie ever hit theaters has finally been confirmed by Luke Skywalker himself. Speaking to The Sun, Mark Hamill said that the original opening scene of the movie featured a severed hand floating through space, holding a lightsaber.

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When the rumor was first spread by Birth Movies Death, many people thought the idea sounded laughable — perhaps a little too on the nose, even for Star Wars. Then the movie released, with no trace of a severed hand, so everyone moved on.

But it turns out that the scoop was correct.

Here’s what Hamill said in the interview when asked about the script:

“I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of 7, the first thing that came into frame was a hand with a lightsaber, a severed hand that enters the atmosphere, and then the hand and bone burns away and goes sticking into the surface of Jakku” he added, “and this alien hand comes in, don’t know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the light saber way, and then the movie proceeds as you see it.”

Presumably, since the scene didn’t make the final cut, we can’t assume that it’s canon, but it certainly would have made sense. It also gives a little more context to one of the (many) confusing plot points in Episode VII.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.