Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actor and longtime J. J. Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg doesn’t believe that an alternative cut of the film exists.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was arguably the most divisive film in the sequel trilogy. While the film earned well over $1B at the worldwide box office it was meet with a mixed reception from critics and fans. A generally agreed upon criticism, however, was that the film felt rushed, cramming in far too much into a relatively limited runtime.
This has caused some Star Wars fans to theorize that Disney made their own alternate cut of the film without J. J. Abrams’ consent. Similar to the Release The Snyder Cut movement for Justice League, a certain number of fans have theorized that alternative cut of the film exists and have wanted Disney to release it. But there are some in the cast and crew who do not believe such a cut exists.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actor Greg Grunberg weighed in on the J. J. Abrams cut theory. In the film, Greg Grunberg played Resistance pilot Snap Wexley and had previously appeared in other J. J. Abrams projects such as Felicity, Alias, Mission: Impossible III, Lost, Star Trek, and Super 8. When discussing the J. J. Abrams cut, however, he didn’t seem to think there was any truth to it nor was there any pressure to cut things out:
“I’m being completely honest here, but not once did he ever tell me that there was any pressure on him to cut things out. Personally, I don’t think there’s any truth to that, and I would be surprised if there’s a ‘J.J. cut.’ Every movie goes through a series of cuts; it’s just the nature of it. I don’t buy into it at all.”
What do you all make of Greg Grunberg’s comments? Do you think Disney has hidden away a secret J. J. Abrams cut of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digitial HD and will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD on March 31.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter