About a year and a half before Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted, it was reported that the film would have a very interesting opening shot. One that featured Luke Skywalker’s hand floating through space, still gripping his lightsaber that he used to fight Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.
Speaking to The Sun, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, spoke about this rumor and how it was an extremely accurate depiction of the original beginning.
I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of 7, the first thing that came into frame was a hand with a lightsaber, a severed hand that enters the atmosphere, and then the hand and bone burns away and goes sticking into the surface of Jakku. And this alien hand comes in, don’t know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the light saber way, and then the movie proceeds as you see it. […] One website had the first 15 minutes of The Force Awakens totally accurate.
It is pretty crazy that the site Birth Movies Death came so close to getting this scoop right but the reality is that the opening was probably changed due to the rumor spoiling that surprise well before the movie would come out.
Check out the original description below.
Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.
That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I’m keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.
Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren’t flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting… well, that could be a spoiler. I’ll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke’s, and they say they haven’t seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.
So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems…