There are a number of deleted scenes (specifically in the prequels) that add a lot of interesting information to the backstory of events and characters in the films.

One that jumps out at me is the meeting in Episode 3 between many of the founders of the Rebel Alliance.

Mon Mothma

However, there is a scene where Shaak Ti is killed by General Grevious.

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But she appears in the video game, The Force Unleashed. I realize though that the Force Unleashed is considered non-canon as of now but I'm still curious considering that these seem to both be from lower sources of canon and were both created before the Disney buyout.

What is the canonicity and status of these scenes? Obviously they can't be considered G Canon because of times where we have alternate scenes that contradict the locations/characters of actual movie scenes.

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    Star Wars is a tangled web of primary canons and secondary canons and semi-canons and partial-canons and used-to-be-canons and particle cannons. Looking forward to the answers on this one, but methinks they might not be entirely straightforward.
    – Nerrolken
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 16:45
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    I think, in general, no. Because if that's the case, Jabba the Hutt is simultaneously a giant slug creature, and a fat man in a parka. Canon is complicated and self-contradictory enough with what shows up on screen... Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 17:23
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    @David - There's no such thing as G-Canon now.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 17:55
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    @David Canon has been greatly simplified; Richard gives a thorough overview in his answer here. You're basically correct; the movies, the two animated shows, and all new material published after April 2014ish is Canon, everything else is Legends. Basically Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 18:09
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    @David - You may also want to note that although the question was asked 5 years ago, my answer to it is fully up to date and has been subject to multiple (ongoing) revisions and input from tens of users in order to keep it that way
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 10:33

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Per my answer here, the simple answer is that canon in the Star Wars cinematic universe is currently derived from the 2011 Blu-ray version of the Star Wars saga, comprising the 7 feature films as well as the theatrical version of Star Wars VI. Any differences in earlier versions are now considered to have been fully resolved by making these the definitive version with all other versions (including the theatrical cuts of the Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy) being now defunct.

Any "deleted scenes" (including those found on the bluray disks) along with any making-of documentaries, behind-the-scenes documentaries, concept art books and previous versions of the scripts (along with scenes in the Official Novelisations that aren't directly based on what's seen in these Blu-rays) are considered to be "Legends" within the Star Wars universe.

Until Lucas Disney change it again, obviously.

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  • So we're forever saddled with the Darth Vader "NO!" scream in RotJ? This is a sad day indeed.
    – JohnN
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 13:55
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    @david - and Jar Jar ( * sigh * )
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 14:16
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    I wouldn't have minded if Disney just said "Hey we're going to remake the Prequels." Its not like they could get much worse.
    – JohnN
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 14:34
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    @david - Or just completely de-canonised them.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 15:37
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    @David Hey, if they can re-tell the origin story of Spider-man cinematically 3 times over, why not? Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 2:04

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