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Details & first look emerge for The Last Jedi deleted scenes

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hits Digital release in a little over a week and on Blu-ray March 27, and with it comes 14 deleted scenes. These will certainly offer more insight and detail into the movie, and luckily you don’t have to wait for the home release to learn more about the contents of some of the scenes. EW has now shared some details about several of the scenes, and you can read them and get a first look below!

The scenes in question are “BB-8 Reveals Rey’s Goodbye,” “Rey and the Raiders of the Caretaker Village,” “Luke In Mourning,” “The Supremacy Infiltration,” and “A Different Phasma Showdown.”

Scroll on down and get that glorious first look!

BB-8 Reveals Rey’s Goodbye

So the whole point of this scene was to show Finn (John Boyega) as he contemplates leaving the Resistance. Soon, BB-8 rolls up and shows him a hologram of Rey (Daisy Ridley) saying goodbye to him before she leaves to find Luke (Mark Hamill). Rian Johnson reveals the thought process behind the scene:

I was looking for any opportunity I could to emotionally connect those two. I thought it was a really sweet little scene. I loved John Boyega’s performance in it. Ultimately it was meant to explain his motivation for going [to find Rey and quit the Resistance], but we realized that you understood his motivation, because he tells it to Rose. Once we realized we could get away without it, it was something that just naturally fell away.

However, it did  result in the loss of one of the movie’s best jokes: “I miss John’s line, ‘That’s kind of creepy you recorded that.’”

Rey and the Raiders of the Caretaker Village

This is the one that features that scene of Rey running with her blue lightsaber ignited, a moment in the trailer that was cut from the movie. During this scene, Luke is calling out to her, but she is ignoring it. Johnson said this was Rey’s “breaking point.” “This is the point where she finally says, ‘Okay, if you’re not gonna help, then I’ve wasted too much time here,” he said.

Johnson also said the point of this scene is to validate Rey being driven to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) during their Force connection conversations.

In her next-to-last Force connection she has with Kylo, which is the very intense one, the context for that was her coming off this rejection and angry moment with Luke. When we take that segment out, suddenly she’s coming into that Force connection after leaving things in a hopeful place with Luke, at the end of the temple lesson.

Fans thought this all may have something to do with the unaddressed “third lesson” in the movie, but Johnson won’t talk much about that, as it is something that could be brought up in EPISODE IX.

Luke in Mourning

Here is a scene many watching the movie may have been hoping for, which involved both Luke and Leia (Carrie Fisher) mourning the loss of Han Solo (Harrison Ford). The moment involves Luke alone in his hut, tearing up over the loss of his friend, while the movie also cuts to Leia doing the same thing on her ship. The idea is that the two are sharing this moment of grief. Despite this being a nice moment, Johnson felt it simply conflicted with the pace of the movie, wanting to keep everything between Rey and Luke.

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.

Still, Johnson was sorry to lose it.

I was very sorry to lose it. I think it’s a beautiful performance from Mark Hamill. But I think that we get a similar beat with him, later when he’s in the Falcon with R2.

The Supremacy Infiltration

That title makes the scene sound much cooler than it is, and the scene is actually just a funny moment in the flick. Here, we find Finn and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) infiltrating the First Order ship when suddenly Finn is recognized in an elevator by a former colleague. It’s here we learn the First Order has covered up Finn’s defection and role in destroying Starkiller base, and the colleague is just happy to see his friend was promoted.

Johnson found the scene very funny but said the scene hindered the pace of the movie. That being said, there’s an important implication to 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.”

A Different Phasma Showdown

This scene is exactly how the title describes: There was an entirely different fight between Finn and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), one which saw Phasma getting the upper hand. She then has him surrounded by Stormtroopers, but Finn plays the psychological card. He reminds her of her cowardice in giving up the Starkiller Base codes in FORCE AWAKENS so to save her own skin. Phasma shows some fear through the gash in her mask, and the other Stormtroopers seem uneasy. She then blasts the Troopers away and continues fighting Finn, all before she is hit with a blaster and sent flying into the flames.

The scene was changed in reshoots, and you may be asking why.

Pacing. Entirely pacing. I really like the little moment of Phasma being caught and getting called out by John, and that little game of chess that they have. But we needed a much more condensed version of that scene, where essentially it’s the same outcome.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hits Digital March 13 and Blu-ray March 27.

Source: EW

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