A couple of years back, rumours about the opening sequence of The Force Awakens started circulating, and they were weird. According to people in the know, the movie would kick off with a shot of Luke Skywalker’s severed hand clutching a lightsaber while floating through space and eventually landing on the planet Jakku. An unnamed character, it was said, would then prise the weapon from his lifeless fingers.
The rumour was largely dismissed, mainly because it didn’t really make any sense. For instance, how would the poor limb have made the journey? Why wouldn’t the lightsaber have burned up in Jakku’s atmosphere? Pretty valid questions. Mark Hamill has now confirmed that all of the weirdness described above was indeed the original idea for the opening scene of The Force Awakens.
“I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of VII, 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, and this alien hand comes in -- I don’t know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the lightsaber way -- and then the movie proceeds as you see it,” he said, refusing to breathe throughout.
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