Now that the digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has arrived, the film’s deleted scenes are available for everyone to see. Whether you were a fan of the movie or not, the deleted material provides some interesting insight into director Rian Johnson’s original vision for The Last Jedi.
For instance, while the final version of the film didn’t show much of Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) reaction to learning that Han Solo was dead, one of the deleted scenes fixes that. The removed moment finds the wayward Jedi sitting in his hut on Ahch-To, crying over what is believed to be the loss of his friend.
Another scene on the planet finds the Caretakers having a celebration in Luke’s tiny village, which the elder Jedi uses as a ruse to convince Rey (Daisy Ridley) they’re being raided. When she runs to the rescue, he points out her kind of heroism is what the Resistance needs–not an old and dead belief system like the Jedi. This particular piece of film may not seem all that important but would have gone a long way in showing the fracture between Rey and Luke before she finally leaves his planet to return to her friends.
While those two scenes are deeply invested in the movie’s plot, others would have injected some silliness into the film–especially one that includes a cameo from Venom star Tom Hardy. It’s been reported for over a year that Hardy had filmed a small appearance in the movie before a photo of him in a stormtrooper costume surfaced.
In Hardy’s appearance, his stormtrooper recognizes Finn (John Boyega) from their time training together in the First Order while the Resistance member is infiltrating Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) ship with Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and DJ (Benicio del Toro). While they think their cover is blown at first, the rather charismatic stormtrooper instead congratulated Finn on becoming an officer and slaps him on the butt.
It’s a very funny scene that would have felt out of place in the final film, but it does hammer home a point made in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Under their intimidating armor, the stormtroopers are people. It’s easy to view them as a faceless legion of evil, but this scene and Finn himself show that’s just not the case.
You can take a look at all of The Last Jedi‘s deleted scenes, including an alternate opening to the film, now through digital release. The movie will release on Blu-ray on March 27.