You can’t move for Star Wars news at the moment and I have neither the time nor the inclination to post it all. However, following on from the news that Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is currently mapping out a third trilogy, it’s just been revealed, in an interview with Collider, that, while Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars movie yet at just over two and a half hours, the first cut of the film was considerably longer by around half an hour.
“We had a long movie from the start. It was well over three hours, the first cut. It’s much better at two and a half [hours] than it was at over three, but it was a cut I had put together, is where we started. And it was over three hours.”
“A lot of really good stuff came out in the edit. I actually just reviewed the deleted scenes we’re gonna have on the Blu-ray. There’s a bunch of some of my favorite scenes ended up having to come out just structurally. There’s a lot of really substantial, really good scenes. There’s a couple whole sequences actually that we lifted out. It’s weirdly – and this always happens – it’s like your babies you have to kill. It’s some of my favorite stuff from the movie.”
However, these deleted scenes won’t be put back into the movie to result in a different cut:
I’m really not into releasing an extended cut. I feel like the cut is what it is because I feel like it’s the best version of the movie, so the ‘director’s cut’ is the movie that’s going out in theaters. All the deleted scenes, no matter how much I love them, they came out for a reason and it’s all for the greater good of the movie itself. You can watch the deleted scenes on their own, I think that’s the way to watch them, but the movie is definitely the best version of the movie I think.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson, and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. It hits cinemas on December 15th.