There often are scenes and/or dialog shown in trailers for a film which don't make the final cut. Were there any for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Which trailer scenes didn't make it into the final cut?

(I'm including TV Spots and International trailers)

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This article identifies several; and this one even more

  • The infamous lighting of Christmas Tree Kylo Ren's crossguard lightsaber in the forest

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  • Maz offering someone Luke's lightsaber (who isn't Finn - who she ends up giving the Hot Potato in the film). According to the EW J.J. Abrams interview, it's Leia.

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  • Luke's "The Force is strong in my Family. So we will all burn down the Galaxy to Ashes as we battle one another" Force monologue

Some of the more minor ones:

  • Rey hot-rodding her speeder. In the film she is never shown to.

  • Panning wide shot of Jakku dunes.

  • BB-8 peeking around the Falcon

  • “Who are you?” “I’m no one” Maz/Rey dialog, voiced over Rey cleaning up Star Destroyer junk on Jakku

  • “I was raised to do one thing, but I’ve got nothing to fight for.” with helmetless Finn

  • X-Wings flying over the lake surface

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They quoted EW interview with J.J. Abrams confirming the missing shots:

There’s a shot where Kylo Ren turns on his lightsaber, which was also not in the movie,” director J.J. Abrams acknowledges. “There were a bunch of things we ended up not using.”


Per the super-thorough rundown on io9, there are scenes missing:

  • Rey driving off in her speeder. (Missed by io9)
  • Kylo Ren activating his lightsaber.
  • Maz handing Anakin/Luke's lightsaber to Leia (Source).

The trailers have longer cuts of some scenes that are in the film:

  • Rey leaving the Star Destroyer wreckage.
  • Rey looking into the distance while cleaning her loot (Source).
  • Finn waking up after the crash.
  • Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren in the rain, from Rey's vision.

Dialogue in the trailers, not in the film:

  • Maz asking Rey, "Who are you?" and her response of, "No one."
  • Luke Skywalker's "The Force is strong in my family" speech.
  • Finn - "I was raised to do one thing, and I’ve got nothing to fight for."
  • Kylo Ren - "Nothing will stand in our way. I’ll show them the Dark Side."
  • Maz Kanata - "Hope is not lost today. It is found."

Not a trailer, technically, but part of the promotional campaign, tied in with O2:

If you've seen The Force Awakens, you know that there was never an opportunity for R2-D2 and C-3PO to meet BB-8 in a desert environment, because

R2-D2 is asleep for almost the entire film, and C-3PO never leaves the Resistance base.

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