It’s only been a few months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released in theaters, and fans are itching to see what else Rian Johnson wasn’t able to feature in his film. Thankfully, deleted scenes are a thing. With a digital release coming next week, many will finally get a look at what was left out.
In total, there will be 14 deleted scenes for you to check out. This ranges from added character layers, to just other story pieces that wouldn’t fit in the movie. Entertainment Weekly was able to catch up with Rian Johnson and ask him about the scenes, as well as an exclusive look at the footage.
There were 5 scenes that were talked about. These included:
- BB-8 Reveals Rey’s Goodbye
- Rey and the Raiders of the Caretaker Village
- Luke in Mourning
- The Supremacy Infiltration
- A Different Phasma Showdown
Johnson talked bout his opinion on the scenes and why they were cut. He stated the following:
I love each one of the scenes individually. I mean, every single one of them was not cut because it didn’t work. It was cut because the movie as a whole was better without it… So with each one of them, it’s that strange combination where it feels awful to cut it, but it feels good to cut it, because suddenly the pacing of a section of the movie feels much better, or suddenly the film is cleaner, or clearer, in many different ways.
Now, let’s dive into the good stuff!
BB-8 Reveals Rey’s Goodbye
In one of the deleted scenes, we see Finn in an internal debate on whether or not he should abandon the Resistance. That was when the lovable BB-8 came to him with a message.
After getting injured by Kylo Ren, Finn was placed in a recovery pod where he remained unconscious. That was when Rey came up to him to give him an emotional goodbye.
Johnson’s initial intent was to show that the two characters still had a strong connection. They spend almost the whole movie separated. The whole reason behind him leaving the Resistance is to go find Rey. Soon enough, Johnson realized that Finn already reveals his plan to Rose, making this scene somewhat repetitive.
Johnson talks about his love for the scene, due to a joke Finn says about BB-8 recording it. It shows that the funny relationship between the two still thrives.
Rey and the Raiders of the Caretaker Village
Rey finally gets Luke to crack and receives a few lessons on the ways of the Jedi. The Jedi Temple is placed at the peak of Ahch-To, and it is up there where Rey sees lights out at sea. Luke tells Rey that these are raiders, heading to pillage the village where the caretakers stay.
The good hearted Rey is immediately itching with anger. While itching with said anger, Luke talks about how going down and fighting these raiders is not the Jedi way. Going down and fighting would only give them a reason to come back more aggressively.
This is the last stand for Rey. She begins to sprint down to the village with her lightsaber ignited. During this sprint, Luke is calling out to her to stop, but Rey is done with him in this moment. Johnson said:
Originally it was just a breaking point for her. Okay, he’s gone too far… This is the point where she finally says, ‘Okay, if you’re not gonna help, then I’ve wasted too much time here.’
This scene has a strong contribution to her next force conversation with Kylo Ren. In the original idea, Rey helps the caretakers and then find herself in the hut with Kylo. This would have added much more of an edge to that scene because we would’ve see the vital disconnect between Rey and Luke.
Getting rid of that scene made the reveal of her and Kylo’s connection to Luke even more surprising and heartbreaking.
Luke in Mourning
This is the scene many wanted to see. Luke was no longer in connection with the force, and what seemed to be his emotions as well. Considering some of his first words to Rey are, “Where’s Han?” we can gather that he had no idea of his death.
We get to see his initial reaction to the news, but we don’t get to see how he copes with it. Well, that will change upon the movie’s release. In this deleted scene, we see Luke go into his stone hut, and break down. Luke sits there in silence with his eyes full of tears, and his face is the epitome of sadness.
Doesn’t that just make you want to give the man a hug?! Johnson justified deleting this scene from the movie by saying:
We realized just for pacing in that section we had to stick with Rey and Luke, and we wanted just to go straight from him slamming the door of the hut into the day-in-the-life montage, of him going around the island. Taking that bit out suddenly propelled us forward into that segment in a way that just felt much better for the film.
Sadly we lost quite the emotional scene, but we got the similar tone when Luke goes to the Falcon and visits with R2 for a bit. Luckily we’ll get to see it next week upon the home release!
The Supremacy Infiltration
We got to see a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that provided a bit of nostalgia for those who have seen the original trilogy. The heroes were tasked with the mission of infiltrating Snoke’s ship and sabotaging it.
In the deleted scene, we see them get into an elevator, where Finn is then noticed by one of the stormtroopers. Instead of getting busted, the stormtrooper laughs at the fact that Finn got promoted to officer status. This was when Finn realized that his treason was covered up.
Johnson provides a little bit of information on the scene:
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… The tension is broken by the fact that he doesn’t really know the story of what happened with Finn.”
It sounds like it would’ve been somewhat of a funny scene, but not that vital to the storyline of the film as a whole.
A Different Phasma Showdown
Johnson compared Phasma to a South Park character. He said that Phasma is like Kenny of South Park due to her relentless and reoccurring appearances. She just never seemed to die.
The way she dies in the finished movie was actually a product of reshoots. Johnson originally had her somewhat victorious. After having beaten Finn, she then gathered some of her stormtroopers to surround him.
After being surrounded, Finn starts exposing Phasma and her cowardice. He tells the other stormtroopers how she gave up the shield codes to Starkiller Base so she could survive. That’s when the other stormtroopers start feeling a bit uneasy with their ‘leader’. Suddenly, Phasma turns on all her troopers and kills them all. Then Finn and her face off again, which ends with her getting hurled into the inferno.
So why did Johnson decide to cut this? Pacing! He said that it took too long for this scene to play out, which sounds about right. The real question is, is Phasma actually dead this time around? We’ll obviously have to wait until Episode 9 to figure out, but I’ve got a feeling that she is gone for good.
Thus concludes the few deleted scenes that were discussed. I don’t know about you, but I am ecstatic to see some of these on screen. It’ll be really cool to see Rey rushing into the village, Luke mourning, and really everything else. Are you excited to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in its entirety?! Let us know over at SuperBroMovies!
– JB Baker
Source – Entertainment Weekly
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will release digitally on March 13, 2018 and on Blu Ray on March 27, 2018.