Many films these days – especially action tent poles – go through so many scripts and scriptwriters that the final product barely resembles the original idea. This isn”t QUITE the case for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but the novelization written by New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster deviates from the movie in ways big and small.
Foster had access to the script and this novel is part of the official Star Wars canon, but on a set like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” changes were being made throughout production. This of course led to some interesting bits being left on the cutting room floor.
These definitely aren”t every change, but they are the ones that piqued my interest.
WARNING: SPOILER FOR “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” BELOW. DUH.
#1: Hux”s Star Destroyer is called the FINALIZER and is a Resurgent-class ship. It was built in ‘distant orbital factories of the First Order.” There is a lot of “neutral territory” that neither the First Order or the New Republic control.
#2: The ‘psytechs” are prominently mentioned over and over. From questioning everyone Finn every came in contact with to reprogramming stormtrooper mentality to creating personality profiles, the First Order relies heavily on the psychological control. While never flat out stated, it is implied Psytech is Captain Phasma”s division.