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‘Star Wars’ novelist says Disney cut Rey, Finn romance from novel

‘Star Wars’ novelist Alan Dean Foster said there was a Rey and Finn romance in ‘The Force Awakens’ novel.

Rey (Daisy Ridley), left, and Finn (John Boyega) in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Rey (Daisy Ridley), left, and Finn (John Boyega) in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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“Star Wars” novelist Alan Dean Foster said in an interview with Midnight’s Edge that Disney cut a romantic storyline from “The Force Awakens” novelization.

What happened:

Foster recently spoke on the Midnight’s Edge about his work with Disney. He said he wrote a love arc between Rey and Finn for “The Force Awakens” novel that was later cut out of the project.

  • “There were a couple of things in there, and a couple of things that happened subsequently that bothered me. I’m going to tell you one thing they made me take out because enough time has passed, I don’t think it matters. (It was) obviously the beginnings of a relationship (between Finn and Rey),” he said, according to ComicBook.com.

Foster said he expected Rey and Finn’s romance to continue in “The Last Jedi.” That didn’t end up happening.

Changes to ‘The Force Awakens’

There have been a lot of rumors over the last five years about how “The Force Awakens” would have been different. For example, Lucasfilm artist Christian Alzmann, who works as the visual effects art director for Industrial Light & Magic, shared concept art that showed Solo was introduced in the film at a cantina, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Kylo Ren also went through several changes. For example, his original design was meant to be a Jedi killer, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

And his lightsaber underwent a massive change, as it was intended to be double-bladed with a red and blue blade, as I wrote for the Deseret News.