Rian Johnson promises big Rey and Finn scenes among Star Wars: The Last Jedi outtakes

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Dec 18, 2017

Possible spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

If you wanted even more of the Rey/Luke storyline in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you'll get it when the movie eventually arrives on Blu-ray.

That's according to writer/director Rian Johnson, who told Collider than even though his final cut of the movie was a hefty two hours and 32 minutes (the longest in the series yet), his initial assembly was roughly three hours long. The filmmaker estimates that some 20 minutes or so of that will eventually surface on home video, and that it's all meaty stuff, including some more interaction between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her erstwhile Jedi trainer/mentor Luke Skywaker (Mark Hamill):

"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.”

Meanwhile, editor Bob Ducsay says there's also more Rey material, involving the strange creatures who live on Ach-To with Luke:

“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 (Kelly Marie Tran) and DJ (Benicio del Toro) and Finn (John Boyega), and some of it is particularly fun.”

Johnson goes into more detail about the latter scene, but also makes it clear that the movie you're seeing in theaters now is his preferred final version of the film -- the scenes in question will not be re-integrated into a "director's cut" but will be presented separately. Yet that doesn't mean he wasn't pleased with how they turned out:

"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.”

There is also a bit more interaction between Finn and Poe (Oscar Isaac) -- who don't really have much screen time together overall -- that got left behind:

“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.”

Almost every movie goes through this process, and many filmmakers will tell you that they've left stuff they've loved out of their movie simply because it didn't work within the overall framework of the film, regardless of its quality. If you loved The Last Jedi, you'll probably look forward to seeing even more of the story. If you were not so hot on the film, you'll likely be relieved that it's not longer than it already is.

Which side of the fence do you stand on and are you curious to see what Johnson left out either way?