Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson recently revealed details on a deleted scene featuring Luke and Leia during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The scene in question takes place after Luke Skywalker has learned about Han’s fate from Rey and features the reclusive Jedi sitting in his hut alone with tears in his eyes. The scene then cuts to Leia sitting in a similar pose beside a window on the Resistance ship.
Director Rian Johnson explained that the cut was intended to indicate that Luke and Leia were having a connection as they collective grieved over the loss of Han, later revealing why the scene was omitted from the theatrical cut:
“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.”
Johnson added that he was sorry to see the scene go and praised Hamill’s performance:
“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.”
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In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available on Digital HD starting March 13th and will be released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on March 27th.
Source: Entertainment Weekly