Here’s a Glimpse of the Deleted Scenes From Star Wars: The Last Jedi
You’ve likely seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In fact, if you’re like us, you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi multiple times. Enough to be uncomfortably familiar with Luke’s milk fetish, to have absorbed Leia’s better-late-than-never use of the Force, and to have marveled at how Rian Johnson managed to turn the entire notion of the special, specified Jedi on its head, making an argument that anyone in the galaxy can be a hero (and access the Force).
So what’s left for the discerning Star Wars viewer? Deleted scenes, of course. The Star Wars Show has a few glimpses of the scenes that writer/director Rian Johnson wasn’t able to fit into the final cut. Johnson had already promised that the Blu-ray release for Star Wars: The Last Jedi would boast nearly 20 minutes worth of such footage, but now, we’re getting a sneak peak at them, and you won’t be surprised to know that much of that footage revolves around Rey and Luke. The below video is but a little taste, but it’s enough to make us dream of an extended Last Jedi cut.
These scenes are also tied into the novelization of the Last Jedi novel, written by Jason Fry, which include moments any Star Wars fan would dream to see—Han Solo’s funeral, Rose and Page Tico actually together (in The Last Jedi, we never see them on screen at the same time), and a deeper look at Canto Bight, the casino city where Rose and Finn go hunting for a code breaker. Johnson and Fry also got to talk through some additional scenes for the film, most of which didn’t make it into the final movie you saw in theaters. You’ll see glimpses of these moments below, including Rey running with her lightsaber, a nighttime shot of Ahch-To, oddly lit up, and a heated exchange between Rey and Luke.
It’s not surprising that Rey and Luke dominate the deleted scenes, considering their relationship is the crux of the entire film. The deleted scenes include an extended sequence in which Rey and Luke argue about taking a stand, when (and why) to fight, and Luke’s belief that inserting yourself into someone else’s problems only makes them worse. Slashfilm has a detailed breakdown of this particular deleted scene, and it sounds, frankly, phenomenal. Who knew that Luke’s remote planet of Ahch-To got regular visitors?
You’ll be able to see all the good stuff, and leftover stuff, and deleted stuff, when The Last Jedi Blu-ray becomes available later this year. For now, enjoy these brief glimpses at the scenes that didn’t make it into The Last Jedi final cut.