WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson reveals multiple Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scenes that will most likely accompany the film's home entertainment release. The filmmaker's newly-released sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the second installment in Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy that continues the story of the original trilogy's characters while also expanding the narrative surrounding the new trilogy's heroes and villains.
The latest chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga is much more divisive amongst audiences than The Force Awakens, primarily due to Johnson effectively wiping the slate clean for Abrams to build off with his forthcoming sequel, Star Wars: Episode IX. Despite tepid reactions by many fans, The Last Jedi still managed to amass the second highest-grossing opening weekend at the domestic box office. And that opening gross was possible even though Johnson's film is the longest Star Wars movie ever released, running at 2 hours 31 minutes. Interestingly, though, The Last Jedi's assembly cut was originally 3 hours long. While many of those deleted scenes will never see the light of day, some of them just might show up on the film's Blu-Ray/DVD release.
In an interview with Collider, writer-director Rian Johnson and editor Bob Ducsay revealed which deleted scenes will appear on Star Wars: The Last Jedi's home entertainment release. But audiences shouldn't expect to see an extended version, just a Blu-Ray/DVD release that contains a handful of sequences that Johnson and Bucsay felt were unnecessary to the overarching narrative. The first scene they revealed involved Finn (John Boyega), Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), and DJ (Benicio del Toro) navigating through Snoke's ship.
"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."
Another scene occurred between Finn and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), but that scene wasn't particularly important and may have felt too expository.
“There’s a couple Finn scenes that—there’s one great Finn/Poe scene that’s kind of a setup scene at the beginning when Poe was kind of bringing Finn up to speed after he comes out of his coma."
But the one scene that, by its description, arguably should've been included in the final cut is an extended training sequence between Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).
“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.”
Considering that Luke had three lessons to teach Rey and they only got through two before she left and he succumbed to the Force, it's possible that the aforementioned scene contained that final lesson, or that Luke will return as a Force ghost in Episode IX and teach Rey that lesson at that time. Unfortunately, there are a lot of questions that remain unanswered but will, hopefully, receive some resolution in Abrams' concluding chapter in Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy.
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