Since almost immediately after Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, writer/director Rian Johnson has been openly discussing with both fans and journalists the decisions he made in telling his story. We've heard him explain everything from Luke Skywalker's motivations to Snoke's identity to Rey's parentage to that General Leia scene. Now, he's not only explaining what he put in the film, but what he took out.
As part of a lengthy Q&A with Collider (which that site is releasing in chunks this week), Johnson discussed what we can expect in terms of deleted scenes on The Last Jedi's upcoming Blu-ray release. Apparently, we can expect quite a bit.
"We really went for it on that. We have a lot of deleted scenes. We have deleted sequences. There are two big sequences that are really the kind of hero pieces of it," Johnson said.
So, what are these two big sequences? According to Johnson, one involved Finn, Rose, and DJ sneaking around Snoke's ship, which he described as a "fun, funny sequence" about four or five minutes long. The more intriguing one, though, involves Rey and Luke interacting with some of the creatures of Ahch-To in a more substantial way.
"One is a whole other big thing between Rey and Luke on the island that involves the Caretaker creatures. You see this village where the Caretakers–the Nun Fish creatures–live, and it’s a sequence that I always really loved. It’s a really beautiful sequence. It’s one of those things where … and this always happens in the edit, it’s like suddenly you can see through the Matrix and you’re like, 'Oh my God, that big sequence that I love so much and I can’t imagine the movie without, if we lift it out and put these two things together, it plays in a slightly different way but it plays better.' And you just kind of have that, '::sigh:: Sh*t,' and you hit delete. You don’t think about all the stuff we built on set to get the shots, you don’t think about all the work the actors and the crew did, you just hit one button and it’s gone and the movie’s better … It’s three, four minutes."
Though the Blu-ray will not include every single deleted moment from the film, Johnson does promise more than 20 minutes of new footage, including "a lot of really substantial little scenes." All that said, don't expect an extended cut of the film.
"No. Nope, nope, nope. The final cut of the movie is the best cut of the movie that we could come up with," Johnson said. "Everything that was taken out, even the stuff that I love so much, was taken out for a reason at the end of the day. For me personally, I’ve enjoyed extended cuts of other stuff, but I don’t think I would ever do one."
Now, we just have to wait for the Blu-ray to see those deleted sequences Johnson was so excited about.