J.J. Abrams directs Daisy Ridley in ‘The Force Awakens’ (Lucasfilm/Disney) J.J. Abrams never intended to guide Star Wars fans in the wr...

'Star Wars' Bait and Switch: What Was in 'Force Awakens' Trailers vs. What Ended Up in Film (Spoilers)

J.J. Abrams directs Daisy Ridley in ‘The Force Awakens’ (Lucasfilm/Disney)

J.J. Abrams never intended to guide Star Wars fans in the wrong direction.

The writer-director says — spoiler alert! — that while trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens feature footage and dialogue that didn’t ultimately end up in the final cut of the movie, the discrepancies weren’t meant to throw anyone off.

“It’s a fairly common occurrence when you’re working on a movie, and it’s a year or six months out,” said Abrams. “We were still editing, refining and adjusting the film. That evolution process is something that’s hard to predict.”

CALL FROM LIGHT

Star Wars fans flipped their Stormtrooper helmets when a pair of beams flared out from the side of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)’s lightsaber in the first teaser trailer. However, The Force Awakens doesn’t actually feature the moment when the masked baddie ignites his flickering lightsaber hilt.

IT’LL GUIDE YOU

In the second trailer, Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o) is seen passing a lightsaber to another woman. But it’s Finn (John Boyega) who takes it from her yellow hand in the movie. Abrams acknowledged that after Maz Kanata’s castle is leveled by the First Order, the big-eyed buccaneer originally traveled to the Resistance’s base to hand off Luke Skywalker’s signature weapon to his sister, Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher).

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