Clocking in at 150 mins, “Star Wars : The Last Jedi” was long enough so there were undoubtedly going to be trims made.
In an interview with Collider, writer-director Rian Johnson and the film’s editor Bob Ducsay spoke about some of the scenes they had to lose – most of which, they suggest, will be on the imminent DVD/Blu-ray release of the film.
One of the deleted sequences we’ll likely see involves Finn (John Boyega), Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), and DJ (Benicio Del Toro) on Snoke’s ship, says Johnson, who earlier in the interview concluded that the film now in theaters is his director’s cut and that there’s no better version of the film out there.
“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.”
An addition scene featuring Luke (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the island was also shot.
Says Johnson, “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 adds, “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.”
There’s some good stuff with Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn that was left on the cutting room floor too.
Johnson explains, “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.”
According to the filmmaker there’ll be roughly 20-minutes or so of deleted scenes on the Blu-ray/DVD, which one assumes will hit around April.