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Saturday, 22 February 2014

DELETED SCENE: RACE TO THE EAST PLATFORM


During Spring/Summer of 1979 on the backlot of Elstree Studios, a high up on a scaffold Second Unit filming team capture a Bespin exterior scene of Princess Leia and co. racing to rescue the carbon frozen Han Solo from Boba Fett. As far as we're aware, the finished shot, like several other planned outdoor scenes on the streets of the floating city, was either never completed/abandoned or cut/replaced. Instead, the sequence that appeared in the finished film was set indoors, though this was later changed to a partially outdoor environment by the time of 1997's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: SPECIAL EDITON, perhaps because George Lucas, who wanted the locale to be opened up more visually second time around, remembered that original outdoor shot that wasn't used.

Image: via Dave Stewart.

Check out Dave Stewart's superb visual list of TESB: SPECIAL EDITION changes here: Empire Special Edition Changes HD

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