Rian Johnson’s original cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was over three hours!

REY LUKE - Rian Johnson's original cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was over three hours!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi clocks in at two hours and 30 minutes, making it the longest Star Wars film thus far. Today, during an interview with Collider, Rian Johnson confirmed his original cut was over three hours long.

“We had a long movie from the start. It was well over three hours, the first cut… It’s much better at two and a half [hours] than it was at over three, but it was a cut I had put together, is where we started. And it was over three hours.”

Johnson goes on to discuss that we will be seeing some extensive deleted scenes when The Last Jedi hits Blu-ray!

“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 favorite 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 favorite stuff from the movie.”

Collider also asked Johnson if he was going to release an extended cut.

“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.”

I 100% agree that there should never be a extended cut of a Star Wars film. The finished cut should be the final one as Johnson says. I am really happy we are getting longer deleted scenes, as I feel the deleted scenes from The Force Awakens were severely lacking. Rogue One didn’t even get deleted scenes on its Blu-ray. Johnson says in the interview that he has to cut some of his favorite moments from the film which makes me want to see those even more. But before the Blu-ray is released, we only have to wait 10 more days till we get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the first time!

Corey

Host of First Order Transmissions on YouTube and staff writer at MakingStarWars.Net.

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  • Eryk Wanjama

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi clocks in at two hours and 30 minutes, making it the longest Star Wars”
    Yeah it’s the longest but not by much though.Just by a few minutes.

  • Mook ~^^~

    As Disney continue to milk the franchise for everything it’s worth I’m having a harder time getting excited about each release. Haven’t even bothered watching the trailer(s) for this one. The only thing remotely holding some sort of curiosity for me is seeing Hamill reprise his iconic role. Hopefully they’ll at least do him some justice unlike what happened to Ford’s character which in my humble opinion was a squandered opportunity to capture the magic the original cast shared together. For many of us, the ones who really piggy banked the franchise all these years leading up to these releases, their story is the heart and soul of Star Wars. Not these bastardized, tossed off, CG animated poop shows. Guess at least they’re not as bad as Lucas’s nightmare prequels. Ditch the animated characters already, jeez. Doesn’t matter how high tech, still looks like a video game. An actor in costume and make-up still looks a zillion times better. Something you can touch and smell!

    • Ur ridiculous. Lucas sat on this for a decade and gave us DVDs. Stop being a tool and get onboard or I’ll send u the same 5 buxx I’m happy to send any of you freaks to kill yourself… Just leave that Addy.

  • “I 100% agree that there should never be a extended cut of a Star Wars film. The finished cut should be the final one as Johnson says.”

    Hey, if Rian is happy with his cut of the movie, fine. But to say that there should NEVER be an alternative cut of a Star Wars film? What kind of rule set is that? If a director feels that something either be added, removed or altered in some way that they feel or would improve the product (Or heck, just do it because they can), let them. I for one love alternative cuts to films, Star Wars included. The only time that becomes a problem is when the viewers get no choice in the matter i.e. withholding the original versions of Star Wars.

    • nathankc

      …cause that worked out so well (*cough* Hayden / RoTJ)

      • I was not attempting to justify changes that Lucas made in his Special Editions. As long as an unaltered version of the film exists, he can make Han Solo Jar Jar for all I care. Sadly, Lucas never made it since he refused to let the original versions have a proper place in today’s world. That’s where I have issues.