John Knoll, the visual effects supervisor who came up with the concept for , hosted a panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 in which he revealed some never-before-seen unused footage from 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. Two pieces of footage stood out (via ): an extended scene featuring Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia reacting to Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin when he orders her home planet to be destroyed, and one in which the Rogue Squadron’s Gold Leader (played by actor Angus MacInnes) dropped an F-bomb when he screwed up one of his lines.
The footage of Fisher is especially nice to see, since her untimely death last year means our number of new moments with Leia is sadly limited. We know Fisher won’t be featured in Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode 9, but Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy in Rian Johnson’s upcoming .
The F-bomb sequence is funny not only because of the mistake, but because you can hear the convention audience laughing in the background as soon as it happens. It’s bizarre to hear such foul language associated in any way with Star Wars, which has always been very family-friendly. Well, the franchise has been family-friendly anyway. The characters within it? Not so much. Too many fathers and sons facing off with lightsabers...now that I think about it, it’s tough to come up with a single family in the Star Wars universe that doesn’t have some serious issues.
Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and more, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.