The editor of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” Maryann Brandon, has revealed three of the film’s key scenes that were added late in the process and during the production’s reshoots.
Brandon confirms to The Art of the Cut that there were around two weeks worth of additional filming that took place in July last year in London with a couple of scenes filmed to be added along with “some dialogue that we felt we needed”. She also says:
“There were a couple of very small emotional moments that J.J. and I and Stefan decided would benefit the film, and we went back and got those.”
So what were the scenes? The big one was Rey and Luke on Ahch-To – the sequence wasn’t in the original cut. In addition the tension between Rey and Poe after the lightspeed skipping sequence, and the Rey training with Leia sequence:
“The scene on the island with Luke, when Luke sees Rey. The film kind of informed us, after it was together, what it needed to say so we went back and got that dialogue. There was like a funny moment between Poe and Rey when he lands the Falcon and it’s on fire, we wanted to have a more humorous exchange between them. Nothing major, no.
We shot Rey’s introduction when she’s up in the air and the rocks are spinning around her, because we wanted to introduce Leia and her. I had to go back and find good shots of Leia that we hadn’t used in [The Force Awakens], and we had those and it kind of made us think, ‘Oh we could have this really fun scene to introduce Leia and Rey.’ So the film kind of informs you of things it might need.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is still playing in cinemas everywhere.