If you can remember all the way back to the early rumors of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you might remember that it was supposed to open on a lightsaber in space. Mark Hamill confirmed recently that that is exactly what they wanted to do.
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The original rumor was that the movie wasn't going to start with a ship soaring into space, nor a fight scene, but instead a severed hand.
The story was supposed to relate the chopped off limp to Luke Skywalker, who would have been holding the lightsaber the last time we saw him at the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back. The idea was to have the hand tumble down onto the planet Jakku, where the lightsaber would eventually go to Daisy Ridley's character Rey.
It now turns out that this really was The Force Awakens' original opening. The confirmation came from Mark Hamill himself, who described the scene to The Sun:
"I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of [Episode 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."
If you are in a Star Wars mood, make sure to check out this video of JJ Abrams and Lin Manuel Miranda singing the cantina song yesterday:
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