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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

THE FORCE AWAKENS: A WOOKIEE TO THE RESCUE!

Chewie rushes to his friends' aid.

Successfully landing the Millennium Falcon on the doomed Starkiller Base, albeit precariously in a snow forest under stress from ground quakes, Chewbacca rushes to aid Rey with the injured Finn, in a deleted moment from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Having fun on set.
Filming close shots.
In-between filming for John Boyega and Joonas Suotamo.

In the Wookiee fur, Joonas Suotamo picked up and carried John Boyega during filming at Pinewood, aided by some wire support. In the end, however, the close-in footage wasn't used, replaced in the final cut with a silhouette-like long shot sequence with Rey joining them as they rush through the forest and into the Falcon.

What happened to Chewbacca after the death of Han Solo at Starkiller Base is revealed in an exciting sequence of Michael Kogge's Young Readers Edition adaptation of the film, out now in paperback. After detonating the explosives he aggressively tore through a squad of First Order Stormtroopers and escaped to the Falcon on a stolen speeder bike, of which he then dismounted to attack the Snowtroopers guarding the vessel (seen previously on the ship with Kylo Ren, during a Blu-ray deleted scene). Any shots of Chewie beating on Stormtroopers are great, so its a shame nothing like that was filmed for TFA that we are aware of.

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