Star Wars: The Force Awakens's Oscar-nominated editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon have started speaking out about scenes that didn't make it into the final theatrical cut, including ones with Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Daisy Ridley's Rey.
“We have been talking about [the deleted scenes]. But Disney has mentioned to us that - since they’re going to be on the DVD treats for viewers - that we should stop talking about them,” Brandon told The Independent. “There aren’t a lot. There’s one with Harrison Ford, there’s one with Rey, but there aren’t a lot.”
“I think there are maybe seven or eight,” Markey added. “I don’t know if that’s a lot. I remember looking at the reel. Actually, I think there are seven.”
Even though there was some material left out of the film, Markey and Brandon feel that the movie that made it to theaters was complete.
“I honestly think that what is in the film is exactly what needs to be in the film, and what isn’t remains fun but not necessary,” Brandon explained. “JJ [Abrams, the director] really wanted it to be a two-hour movie, and we did strive to do that. But then, at a certain point, we felt like the film is really working for the very few people that we were able to show it to."
“So we went back to see if we should add any of the things we left off, and there really wasn’t anything that felt like it needed to be in the film. That’s always the goal, to get it down to its essence. There were fun things, but it didn’t actually have to be in the movie for it to work.”
The home video release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has not been confirmed.