The Last Jedi is the longest chapter in the Star Wars saga thus far, yet writer/director Rian Johnson assures there's
"We shot a lot, man. Just like any other film, it came together in the edit," Johnson confirmed to Deadline. "The editing is the completion of the writing process. We were not at all precious about this film. We tore it apart. We ripped stuff out. There’s going to be a lot of great deleted scenes. I’m not trying to sell Blu-rays here, there are just going to be a lot of deleted scenes."
Producer Ram Bergman echoed these sentiments, sharing, "There’s a lot of
Fans will often get their hopes up about seeing what didn't make a film's final cut, with these scenes sometimes just being alternate takes. Johnson promises that the scenes that were deleted are quite substantial.
"And it’s not just shots of characters walking down hallways, either," Johnson pointed out. "There are entire sequences that got lifted out of it, which taken on their own are some of my favorite sequences in the movie. But for the good of the whole, they had to come out."
The director had already mentioned that, despite the final cut being the longest in the Star Wars saga, his first assembly cut exceeded three hours, likely containing every scene from the script that had been shot.
"We rearranged stuff. We were constantly messing with the intercutting between the plot lines," Johnson detailed. "There are very few of the intercuts that are in there as written in the script. We ended up re-engineering a lot of it during the course of editing because that’s what the edit is for. All bets are off, and you just have to make the thing work."
If the release of The Force Awakens is any indication, fans can expect to see The Last Jedi hit Blu-ray sometime in late March or early April.
For now, fans can check out the finished product, as The Last Jedi is in theaters now.