The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson Discusses the Deleted Scenes That Will Appear on the Blu-ray
The longest Star Wars film of all time has roughly 20 minutes of deleted scenes in the can. We aren’t talking about re-treads of scenes alrady in the movie either, we are talking about some legitimately produced sequences that were removed from The Last Jedi, which stood at a titanic three hours in its first cut. Writer/director Rian Johnson spoke with Collider about the sequences removed from the film, which brought it down to a little over two-and-a-half hours.
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In an interview with Collider, Rian Johnson and editor Bob Ducsay discussed the scenes removed from the first cut of The Last Jedi that will resurface in the special features of the film’s Blu-ray.
Before delving into details on these cut scenes, Johnson made it a point that he strongly feels The Last Jedi is best without these scenes included:
“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.”
FINN, ROSE, AND DJ
Johnson proceeds to describe an extension of the sequence with DJ helping Finn and Rose locate and disable the tracker to stop the First Order’s tracking of the Resistance through lightspeed:
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.”
The film’s editor Bob Ducsay takes this a bit further by mentioning this sequence was cut out pretty decisively and early in the process:
“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.”
LUKE AND REY
A second significant scene cut from the film appears to have much more weight to it, as it involves a big moment between Luke and Rey on Ahch-To. This doesn’t sound like it is about any previously rumored battle sequences or anything of that nature, but more about her training, and the emotions shared between the two characters:
“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.”
The film’s editor Bob Ducsay chimed in to elaborate a bit more on this and the cuts in general, revealing that the caretakers had a bit more screen time initially:
“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.”
FINN AND POE
Another scene Johnson describes is with Finn and Poe at the beginning of the film. We imagine this might have taken place after Finn ask’s “Where’s Rey?” as the film immediately cuts to Ahch-To at that point without returning. It looks like that exchange was initially a bit longer:
“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.”
Johnson assures that just about all of the deleted sequences will find their way into the special features on the Blu-ray release, in addition to a blooper real! Who doesn’t love a good blooper real?
“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.”
The Last Jedi Blu-ray will likely be released around the first week-or-so in April, which would follow the pattern set by The Force Awakens and Rogue One.