Mark Hamill Confirms The Original Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Shows A Lightsaber

Back in the summer of 2014, before the film had an official title, it was stated that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would open with Luke Skywalker's severed hand floating through space, still holding the lightsaber from Empire's Cloud City fight with Darth Vader, and the hadn would fall through Jakku's atmosphere and land on the planet's surface. But that didn't make it to the final cut we saw in theaters, but Mark Hamill himself confirmed that this was the original opening for the movie. He told The Sun:

"One day I read the first 15 minutes of the film absolutely accurately," he said. "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."

That sounds like a spectacular opening, but it doesn't seem fitting to the film, so I could see why they'd cut it. I'm still wondering if J.J. Abrams actually filmed that scene though. David Faraci over at BirthMoviesDeath must be relieved that his scoop was finally confirmed. So what do you think about this opening? Do you think they should have kept the original opening?

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 15, 2017. You can check out the new set photos here.

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