Clocking in at two-and-a-half hours, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the longest Star Wars movie ever made. With that being the case, you can bet writer/director Rian Johnson had to cut some stuff out to keep the movie from needing an intermission. According to sources like Collider, the original cut of the film was over three hours long. Johnson also told the same outlet that the movie's Blu-ray release would contain around 20 minutes of deleted scenes. However, you don't have to wait until the disc is spinning in the player to see some of that footage.
The official Star Wars YouTube channel posted another episode of the Star Wars Show (below), which delves into the aforementioned extra scenes we'll get to see on home video. It also previews the The Last Jedi novelization, which fleshes out the film's sprawling story with additional exclusive scenes.
The deleted scene shown in the featurette concerns Rey (Daisy Ridley), lightsaber a-swingin', bursting into a party held by the caretakers of Ahch-To, after Luke (Mark Hamill) lies to her about bandits arriving at the island via boats. As we know from the film's Visual Dictionary, it is the male Lanais who return once a month by boat to bring fish to the females managing the upkeep of the Jedi structures on the island. Before Luke can stop her, Rey barges into the caretaker village, only to realize there is no danger, and that Chewbacca is hanging out there with a bunch of Porgs and R2-D2. After Luke catches up to her, he apologizes, but Rey gives him a stern talking to, saying, “That old legend of Luke Skywalker that you hate so much, I believed in it.”
The bits of the clip can be viewed at 3:55 in the video below:
Party-crashing Rey is not the only new thing viewers will discover. The movie's novelization by Jason Fry will also include things not seen in the movie, including sequences not originally written or shot for The Last Jedi. Sitting with Johnson at Skywalker Ranch, Fry said they came up with plot points that will be exclusive to the book like Han Solo's death, Rose Tico together with her sister Page, and a deeper dive into the casino city of Canto Bight.
"We got to talk through some interesting additional scenes from the film. That's kind of the fun stuff you can get into a novel that you can't always get onto the screen," said Johnson in the video. So hopefully the above-mentioned Rey-centric moment will be included in the book.
There is no release date set for the Blu-ray, but The Last Jedi novelization goes on sale Mar. 6.