Get your first look at The Last Jedi deleted scenes
You haven't seen the last of The Last Jedi.
In a new installment of Lucasfilm's YouTube series The Star Wars Show, hosts Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni reveal that The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson teamed up with novelist Jason Fry to reintroduce the film's deleted scenes back into the Star Wars canon. The snipped material will appear in the forthcoming novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. To make matters all the more rousing, Johnson and Fry also worked together to create brand-new material set during The Last Jedi specifically for the book.
But the Star Wars hype doesn't stop there, of course. The Star Wars Show episode goes on to tease glimpses at the footage that didn't make it to the theatrical cut of The Last Jedi.
In moments that flash by pretty quickly (not totally blink-and-you'll-miss-it levels of speed, but close), we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) running toward a well-lit area on Ahch-To, the island planet Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) sought refuge away from the rest of the galaxy far, far away. We're also shown another peek at a scene featured in The Last Jedi trailers that didn't end up in the film: Rey charging forward, blue lightsaber in hand, clearly headed somewhere important. Two other sequences feature Rey blasting through a wall and then scolding Luke. "That old legend of Luke Skywalker that you hate so much — I believed in it!" she seethes, as the Caretakers of Ahch-To dance merrily in the background, oblivious to the tension that swirls around them.
Take a look in the video above. The deleted scene shots begin around the 3:56 mark.
Johnson himself pops up in the clip as well, discussing his long-standing love for film novelizations. "When I was a kid, when the movie I loved would come out, I would ride my bike to the grocery store and I would get the novelization," he stated. "I was very lucky I got to sit down up at Skywalker Ranch and meet with the author who wrote the novel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. … [We] got to talk through some interesting deleted scenes from the film."
Fry appeared next, explaining that he and Johnson had "an amazing conversation," which resulted in the two of them writing "entirely new scenes for the book." These will include sequences at Han Solo's (Harrison Ford) funeral, moments where Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and her late sister Paige Tico are together again, and additional scenes that explore the casino city of Canto Bight. "That's some of the fun stuff you can get into a novel that you can't always get onto the screen," Johnson noted.
Fans can get their hands on the Last Jedi novelization on March 6. As for watching the film's deleted scenes in full, that will be possible when the Last Jedi is eventually released on DVD and Blu-ray. Johnson previously explained that the home launch will contain about 20 minutes of cut footage. "There's a bunch of really fun stuff," he told Collider. "We loaded it up, man. … All the major stuff, all the good stuff, we put on there."