Debate around “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is still raging, even as the film is trailing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and is on track to wrap up at around $1.15-1.2 billion globally (down from the $1.3 billion ‘The Last Jedi’ made).
The other day on Twitter, one trending topic arose titled #ReleaseTheJJCut following a discredited report on Reddit suggesting that director J.J. Abrams didn’t see Disney’s final cut of the film until the last minute among other things. It was enough to start a fan campaign demanding another cut.
One thing is fairly certain – quite a few scenes didn’t make the jump to theatrical and could end up as deleted scenes on a home video release. Speaking with Heat Vision, former “Lost” actor and ‘Skywalker’ co-star Dominic Monaghan says he hopes a director’s cut is released:
“Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I’m hoping there will be a director’s cut, so we’ll get to see more and more of the stuff that was filmed. I wasn’t there all the time, but even in the short time that I was there, there was so much stuff filmed that didn’t make it to the theatrical version… Oh, man, there was so much stuff!
Another thing that we will hopefully see at some point in the future is that in the final battle, [Kaydel Ko] Connix [played by Billie Lourd] injures her leg. Obviously, myself, Rose and Connix are exiting the battle, and Rose has a weapon. While Rose is busy doing stuff, I grab Connix’s arm and put it over my shoulder to make sure that all of us come back as unscathed as possible.”
That fits with recent comments from Kelly Marie Tran indicating a lot of ultimately unused footage was done for the final battle which was cut due to time constraints or editing re-arrangements.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is still in cinemas.