Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Returns to the First Star Wars Prequel Scene (That Was Cut)
Bonnie Piesse, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, recounts her first Star Wars prequel trilogy sequence, which was tragically deleted from the final theatrical release
Piesse first appeared in Star Wars as a teenager in Attack of the Clones in 2002. Piesse only had one line of conversation in the film, despite appearing in a few scenes with Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman). After Owen presented Beru to Anakin and Padmé at the Lars Homestead, she merely responded "Hello." The actor reprised his role in Revenge of the Sith, the concluding installment of the prequel trilogy. Piesse, on the other hand, had no lines of conversation throughout the film.
Piesse spoke with ComicBook.com about her role in the highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as well as what Star Wars meant to her as a young performer from Australia. Piesse remembers working with Star Wars creator George Lucas fondly, describing him as "very relaxed." The actress also recalls her first Attack of the Clones sequence, which was tragically cut from the final cut. Read how Piesse remembers the event:
"But actually, my first scene in Episode II was a scene that they cut in the end. It was a big dialogue scene with Natalie Portman on Tatooine, in the Lars homestead kitchen. And they actually threw that at me... I think it was the night before, and suddenly there's a script. It's like, "Oh, my gosh." And I'm Australian, so I had to wrangle the American accent for that. In the end, I never got to see that scene, so I hope that I get to see that one day. It was really fun."
Piesse's first Star Wars scene would have taken place after Anakin returned to the Lars Homestead after killing the Tusken Raiders and retrieving his mother's remains. Beru and Padmé shared a brief moment in the kitchen while the former Queen cooked dinner for Anakin in early versions of the Attack of the Clones script. The two talked about Padmé's home world of Naboo, which had a very different temperature than Tatooine. Although the moment was brief, it would have allowed Piesse to personalize the character and give Beru a personality that was lacking in the finished picture.
Receiving additional pages of a dialogue-heavy sequence is difficult enough, but learning the scene and then performing it against one of the film's protagonists just to have it deleted must have been agonizing for Piesse. However, the actress seemed to appreciate those memories of her past, even though her sequence was never filmed. It remains to be seen if Piesse will play a greater part in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the idea of the new program concerns with Luke Skywalker's protection, which should give her a stronger presence in the storyline. Only time will tell if the actress finally gets her chance to shine when Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ on May 27.