We are getting closer to the release of that collector's edition Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray, which streets on November 15 (you can pre-order it here). But we have had access to some of the extra features for a few days, which has allowed us to scour the commentary tracks and deleted scenes to unearth interesting new facts about the movie. Like, for instance, the fact that General Leia Organa Solo (Carrie Fisher) might have sent some poor, innocent girl to her death.
While watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams' director commentary track on, when you get to the moment when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Hux (Domhnall Gleason) and the powers of the First Order unleash the laser from Starkiller Base, we see the citizens of the Republic capital, before they are incinerated. Abrams points out an actress who looks up at the laser, her face bathed in red glow, and he explains:
This actress is Maisie Richardson-Sellers. She's terrific. She actually had a larger role, which we sadly had to cut down. We were going to meet Leia earlier, and she was tasking this character to go to the Senate and speak to them about the threat of the First Order.
In the moment, she looks like this:
Only, if you pop over to the Deleted Scenes section of this upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray, you will see the scene that J.J. Abrams was talking about, where Leia (Carrie Fisher) sits across from Korr Sella (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and their interaction goes like this:
LEIA: I need you to go see the Senate right away. Tell them I insist the Republic takes action against the First Order.
SELLA: With respect, will the Republic listen?
LEIA: Not all the Senators think I'm insane. Or maybe they do? I don't care.
And with that, Korr Sella traveled to the capital, at the order of General Organa, and took a Starkiller Base laser to the face. Thanks for nothing, Leia!
Maisie Richardson-Sellers likely wishes that the scene where she had actual lines in a Star Wars movie remained in The Force Awakens. And I wish I could embed the deleted scene here for you. But it's not available yet. Look for it when Star Wars: The Force Awakens streets on November 15.