The upcoming special edition Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears to contain many a revelation from J.J. Abrams. On the film’s audio commentary, the director not only discusses why Kylo Ren decided to kill his father Han Solo, but also describes a brief sequence featuring two familiar characters from the original trilogy that ultimately had to be cut.
The sequence, which would have been part of Rey’s oft-discussed Force vision scene in Maz Kanata’s castle, showed Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber battle with Darth Vader on Bespin. “There were many iterations of this,” says Abrams. “In one, from [the] cloud City corridor she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting.” While Luke Skywalker does appear in the flesh at the end of this movie, this sequence would have given audiences a look at Vader in his all his terrifying glory and not just as a helmet sitting by Kylo Ren’s bedside.
Abrams goes on to touch upon the significance of the “Force-back” sequence, describing Rey’s vision as “a more personal story. Something that she couldn’t comprehend that was overwhelming to her. Frightening to her. That was taking her through all these elemental experiences.”
You’ll be able to listen to the full commentary track on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray Collector’s Edition when it arrives November 15.