In a newly-released excerpt from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray audio commentary, director J.J. Abrams describes a brief sequence that was ultimately cut from the film.
Warning: Minor spoilers for Star Wars : The Force Awakens below.
During her vision in Maz Kanata’s castle upon grabbing the lightsaber, Rey almost saw Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader fighting on Bespin.
Describing what Abrams called “the Force-back,” he mentions, “There were many iterations of this. In one, from
Cloud City corridor she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting.”
Abrams then proceeds to describe the rest of the sequences within the vision as “a more personal story. Something that she couldn’t comprehend that was overwhelming to her. Frightening to her. That was taking her through all these elemental experiences,” before hearing her own cries as a child and the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi calling out her name.