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SPOILER ALERT: Listen folks, we’re about to talk about the biggest SPOILER in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. By now you’ve seen the word SPOILER three times so you should be well aware not to read ahead if you’ve not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you do, it’s your own fault.
With pretty much all of the world having seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens by this point, we’ve all had time to digest one of the most seismic moments of the blockbuster that co-writer and director J.J. Abrams created. But, it turns out that Abrams might have been inspired by Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 right down to how he shot the scene in question. Take a look at the pretty damning evidence below.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 actually depicted the death of Han Solo five years ago, before J.J. Abrams ever even considered the chance that he'd get to make his very own Star Wars film. So did J.J. steal this scene straight from the game?
It’s very unlikely. But considering that aspects of both Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been accused of being a little too close to Wrath Of Khan and A New Hope, respectively, it does make you think. Especially since the shots of Han Solo being stabbed in The Force Unleashed are so similar to how he perishes in The Force Awakens.
I mean, just look at the below shot, which sees Starkiller in Unleashed, Kylo Ren in Awakens, embracing Solo before then pushing his red lightsaber through Solo’s chest:
After we see the lightsaber devastatingly going straight through Han Solo we then even get a reversal shot of the galaxy’s favorite smuggler grimacing in pain on his way to perishing.
Starkiller doesn’t give Han Solo a tender caress of the face like Kylo Ren though. Either way, I’m willing to forgive J.J Abrams just because Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so outrageously entertaining. He probably needs to stop veering so close to being a copycat with his homages though.