TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 19, 2017
Despite running some ten minutes longer than any previous installment in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi still had plenty of nearly completed scenes deleted from the finished product. In a new interview with Collider, director Rian Johnson states that there will be roughly twenty minutes of deleted scenes included on the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Elaborating on some of what we'll see, Johnson was quick to point out that the scenes, while great, were deleted for a reason...
“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. 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.”
There's also a lot more stuff involving Rey's training and the island of 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.”
Editor Bob Ducsay added some tantalizing teases for us...
“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."
Expanding on Johnson's comments about the Finn/Rose/DJ subplot, Ducsay also teased that there was a lot more to that section of the film that was scrapped early on...
“There’s some really nice stuff in there, but we actually cut that stuff pretty early because it was very clear that that section of the movie was completely lopsided in favor of those three, and it just didn’t support it. But it’s good stuff. It’s really good stuff. I assume when you’ll see it, you’ll enjoy it because I mean, we all did. It was cut early, and how you always know is like my staff, there’s a decent number of assistants and collaborators that work in the cutting room, and they were all complaining when we cut the sequence. And that’s how you know that it was something that people like.”
Easily the most developed character in The Last Jedi was Poe Dameron, and Johnson finishes by letting us know that some of his stuff, shockingly, ended up on the cutting room floor as well...
“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.”
So there you have it. There's a lot of stuff for fans of the film to look forward to on that Blu-ray release, and perhaps even some crucial character moments that might have satisfied some fans hoping for more from certain characters. There's no official release date set for the Blu-ray yet as the film just opened five days ago, so we'll keep you up to date with the latest info as we get it.
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