On March 27, Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on Blu-Ray (following a digital release on March 13). Among other special features, including numerous documentaries and a feature-length audio commentary from the director. There will also be fourteen Last Jedi deleted scenes, but Disney and Lucasfilm have been silent on what these sequences could entail. Still, there have been hints here and there over what ground will be covered.
From trailer scenes missing in the finished film to publicized moments which were nowhere to be found in the final cut, to covering events which are implied, but unseen in the end product, there's a lot of potential for these fourteen cut moments. With a final duration of two hours and thirty-two minutes, The Last Jedi is already the longest film in the saga, so it's a sure bet that writer/director Rian Johnson was under a lot of pressure to keep the running time from getting out of hand.
In talking about The Last Jedi deleted scenes, Rian Johnson told Deadline, "We shot a lot... We were not at all precious about this film. We tore it apart. We ripped stuff out. There’s going to be a lot of great deleted scenes... And it’s not just shots of characters walking down hallways, either. There are entire sequences that got lifted out of it, which taken on their own are some of my favorite sequences in the movie."
Needless to say, expectations for these scenes are quite high. Thanks to Star Wars News Net, we know a full list of what these scenes will be, and they're grouped around a few specific story threads:
This Page: A New Opening and More Achch-To
The deleted scenes pick up right at the very beginning with 'Alternate Opening'. This could be anything from an opening crawl, to an intro featuring Luke and Rey on Ahch-To, since that's where The Force Awakens left off. Odds are this is simply alternate shots of the evacuation of D'Qar, playing out relatively similarly.
The other scene from the beginning is titled 'Paige’s Gun Jams', which seems pretty self-explanatory. Considering Paige saw a number of obstacles to dropping her bomb load before her ultimate sacrifice, it seems like they actually trimmed out another, with "Paige's Gun" likely referring to the turret she manned on the Resistance Bomber.
While the film jumps around its various plotlines at a breakneck pace, the slower, more introspective bits occur on the peaceful planet of Ahch-To, the site of the first Jedi Temple. Luke Skywalker had exiled himself here after his failure with Ben Solo, and the whole planet is rife with a heavy aura of melancholy, which is delightfully offset by the adorable porgs and the mysterious caretakers.
The first of the deleted scenes on Ahch-To is titled 'Luke Has a Moment'. This title is obviously a bit nebulous, but with the version of Luke we got in The Last Jedi, there are any number of moments to be had. If the movie had the time to take a slightly slower pace, it could arguably benefit from a few more introspective moments with Luke to allow the audience to get more into his headspace, so it's possible that's what this is. The Jedi Master spends the beginning of the movie shut off from the Force, so there's a lot to examine here.
Second is a scene called 'The Caretaker Sizes Up Rey'. Rey had a fairly antagonistic relationship with Ahch-To's island caretakers, so this is likely more along that route, with the caretaker likely giving the aspiring young Jedi a disapporoving look or two.
It's already been revealed one Last Jedi deleted scene is Rey's third lesson in the ways of the Jedi, and this scene is likely the one titled 'Caretaker Village Sequence'. In this scene, a jaded Luke Skywalker sends her into what she believes is a raid by pirates, but it's just a beach party being attended by the caretakers and Chewbacca. Luke is trying to teach her a lesson about the fallacy of the Jedi way; he tells her not to save the village, since the Jedi way is to preserve balance, not to save lives, but Johnson ultimately cut the scene because it made Luke too unlikable. A brief glimmer of the scene can be witnessed in some behind the scenes footage, showing Rey, lightsaber in hand, running on the beach, charging into battle.
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