First Details About 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Deleted Scenes Have Come Out

Friday, 02 March 2018 - 8:07PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, 02 March 2018 - 8:07PM
First Details About 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Deleted Scenes Have Come Out
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will shortly be released for home viewing, and as such, Lucasfilm has released details of a few of the deleted scenes that will accompany the movie.

And boy, do they sound odd. The three scenes which have been detailed are all going to show different sides of characters that appear in the movie, and based on their descriptions, each would probably have added a new dimension to the film. There's not much footage to speak of yet, but full descriptions and some photos have been released.




The first scene involves Finn (John Boyega) struggling with some big life questions after awaking from his slumber in a bacta tank. Should he leave the Resistance now in order to flee the First Order, or should he throw everything in with his new friends in order to save the galaxy? Ultimately, BB-8 shows Finn a holo-recording of Rey watching over him while he's in his coma, and this gives him the motivation he needs to heroically try to run away.

Removing this scene feels logical, as it ultimately isn't necessary for the progression of Finn's character arc. He's already been through big questions about his new loyalty, and considering his part in blowing up Starkiller Base, we already know that his loyalty lies primarily with Rey and the Resistance. It seems that director Rian Johnson feels the same way:

Opening quote
"I was looking for any opportunity I could to emotionally connect those two I thought it was a really sweet little scene. I loved John Boyega's performance in it. Ultimately it was meant to explain his motivation for going [to find Rey and quit the Resistance], but we realized that you understood his motivation, because he tells it to Rose. Once we realized we could get away without it, it was something that just naturally fell away."
Closing quote


There is, of course, also the issue of BB-8 apparently being a weird, creepy droid that constantly films everyone just in case it comes in handy later. The Google Glass died for a reason, so it's probably for the best if BB-8 isn't shown to be perpetually recording people, even if it does match up nicely with a similar scene between Luke and R2-D2 later on.

The second scene is perhaps the one that would have added the most to the story, as it involves Luke taking a moment to grieve for his lost friend. Apparently, it's a short little blip, in which he sits quietly in his room, shedding a few tears, and thinking of that beloved scoundrel, Han Solo (presumably the Harrison Ford version, not the hip new Alden Ehrenreich version).

This scene was cut to keep the focus on Luke and Rey, but it probably would have helped with the common complaint that hardcore Star Wars fans levy against the movie: namely, that Luke is a contemptible jerk rather than a courageous Jedi Master. If Luke showed any visible signs of grieving for Han, his surly green milk drinking might be a little more excusable.



The last scene that's been detailed is one that's been rumored about for a while, involving a possible guest cameo from Tom Hardy. Apparently, the scene involves Hardy spotting Finn disguised as a high-ranking First Order officer aboard Snoke's giant pizza-shaped ship, and, not realizing that he's a deserter, rushes to congratulate his friend on a promotion.

This, it seems, would have been a cute little scene which makes things awkward for Finn, considering he's about to engage in yet another bout of murdering his extended family in the name of pacifism. According to Johnson:

Opening quote
"The implication from the exchange is that this was obviously an embarrassment that this happened with Finn, and that First Order didn't let the info get out, as much as they could."
Closing quote


All of these scenes would have certainly added something to the movie in their own way. It's interesting to think how a small additional scene could change the reception of an entire film, and how The Last Jedi could have been a very different film if we'd known that, for example, BB-8 was secretly filming his allies for mysterious reasons.

That said, considering that The Last Jedi is already two and a half hours long, it's probably for the best that even these tiny moments ended up on the cutting room floor, as in all instances, they seem to have been removed for the sake of at least trying to keep up the pace of the story.

If anything, the film could have done with a slightly more aggressive edit, but now that the movie is coming to Blu-Ray, it's safe to assume that fans will start cutting and chopping the movie based on their own personal preferences. Look forward to The Last Jedi: The Jar Jar Cut before the end of the month.

The Last Jedi comes out digitally on March 13, 2018, while the Blu-ray comes out March 27, 2018.
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