When “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits home video later this month, fans are going to be treated to fourteen deleted scenes (totalling over 20 minutes), which show the narrative paths that Rian Johnson chose not to go down. As he’s explained numerous times already, the decision to cut them from the already lengthy, two hour and thirty two minute movie, was out of a necessity for pacing and flow.
“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,” Johnson told EW. “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.”
The scenes will be an interesting batch, including an intriguing segment where Finn decides whether or not to abandon the Resistance. However, he’s swayed to continue fighting when BB-8 rolls up with a hologram of Rey’s tearful goodbye while Finn was unconscious following the battle with Kylo Ren.
Meanwhile, another key scene will find Rey running to the rescue of the Ahch-To Caretakers when they face attack from another tribe, while Luke stands by, arguing their involvement might only make things worse.
“Originally it was just a breaking point for her. Okay, he’s gone too far,” Johnson explained. “This is the point where she finally says, ‘Okay, if you’re not gonna help, then I’ve wasted too much time here.”
There’s even more great stuff including: Luke taking a moment to remember Han; the revelation that the First Order has covered up FN-2187’s defection, and more.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits digital on March 13th and lands on 4K UHD/Blu-ray on March 27th.