Star Wars: The Last Jedi has rumbled out to $220 million domestic debut. It’s also the longest Star Wars film ever made clocking in at 2 hours and 32 minutes. In fact, the movie was originally longer. Director Rian Johnson previously stated the original cut was 3 hours.
And now we are finding out what exactly Johnson cut from the movie.
In an interview with Collider, Johnson and editor Bob Ducsay detailed a number of deleted scenes, but reiterated the final cut of The Last Jedi is the vest version of the film.
Again I will give the caveat that the movie is better as a whole without any of them, but yeah man, there was some great stuff.
He then described a sequence where Finn, Rose, DJ (Benicio del Toro’s thief character) snuck through Snoke’s Mega Destroyer.
There’s a whole extended sequence where Finn and Rose and DJ sneak through the Mega Destroyer when they’re kind of, after they sneak in with DJ and they’re trying to find the tracker. There’s a whole extended sequence. It’s a full sequence of like stuff with them sneaking through this big office area of the Mega Destroyer and then having to fake out these Stormtroopers.
He then goes onto describe a sequence between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Ahch-To:
And then on the island there’s a massive sequence that we shot with Daisy and Mark, which is kind of an additional sort of trial/test that she goes through, that involves her and Mark, and then a big emotional scene between the two of them. I mean, it’s big stuff, it’s like actual real scenes.
Ducsay also talked about the scene with Rey and Luke as well as the infiltration mission with Rose and Finn:
There’s an extended sequence with Rey and the caretakers, which are the Nun-like fish creatures. That’s actually one of the biggest things that was taken out of the movie. And there’s this incursion on Snoke’s ship, I mean there’s a lot of stuff that was cut out of that, with Rose and DJ and Finn, and some of it is particularly fun.
Johnson also revealed a sequence between Finn and Poe where Poe catches Finn up to speed after he recovers from his coma:
There’s a couple Finn scenes that—there’s one great Finn/Poe scene that’s kind of a set up scene at the beginning when Poe was kind of bringing Finn up to speed after he comes out of his coma. God, there’s a bunch of really fun stuff. Yeah, anyway, we talk more about them when the Blu-ray comes out, but I’m excited for folks to see them.
If you were hoping to be able to actually see these scenes, Johnson promises they will be available on the Blu-ray.
We loaded it up, man. Because we had so much good stuff, it was like, there were only a couple things where it’s like just a little two-shot thing, we said ‘We’ll hold that back.’ But all the major stuff, all the good stuff, we put on there.
Would you wanted to have seen any of these scenes in the actual film or would it not have made a difference?