Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a THREE HOUR first cut! Lots of deleted footage coming to Blu-ray in 2018

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In an interview with Collider, Rian Johnson has gone into a little more detail on changes that he's made to Star Wars: The Last Jedi since his first-pass cut of the film.

It turns out that even though it's the longest Star Wars film so far, it could have been even longer - well over three hours in fact. Not only that Johnson says he ended up removing some of his favourite scenes - but we don't need to worry as the Blu-ray is going to see much of this deleted footage included as extras...

"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 favourite 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 favourite stuff from the movie.”

Given the lack of deleted scenes on the Rogue One release despite it's multiple cuts and reshoots, it's good to see that The Last Jedi is going to get a more feature-heavy home format release. Don't expect to see them reinstated in the film in an extended edition though.

“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.”

In other news (and this comes with a SPOILER WARNING), effects house Digital Sputnik has had to delete a Facebook post that hinted that another character may be appearing in The Last Jedi that we hadn't expected. The post may no longer exist, but nothing disappears from the internet entirely and some enterprising fan managed to take a screenshot before it was removed.

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This could well jumping to conclusions, but Digital Sputnik only formed in 2010 and that means just two Star Wars films have been released since then - so if they HAVE worked with Yoda, it can only be for something we haven't seen yet.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to arrive in UK cinemas on 14th December. It is directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie.

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Last updated: 05/12/2017 11:38:22

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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