The Last Jedi was the longest movie in the Star Wars series to date, but fans can expect even more material in the coming months. As well as the deleted scenes that will feature on the Blu-ray, it has been revealed that the upcoming novelization also adds some brand-new sequences.
Author Jason Fry spoke about the novelization on the latest edition of the official Star Wars Show. He explained that he worked on it in collaboration with Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. “Rian Johnson and I had an amazing conversation,” he said. “We got to write entirely new scenes for the book: Han Solo’s funeral, Rose and Paige Tico together, and further explorations of the fascinating world of Canto Bight, to name just a few.”
The Last Jedi novelization arrives on March 6. We also know that the Blu-ray release, which hits shelves on the same day, will feature 20 minutes of deleted scenes. One of these was also revealed on The Star Wars Show. It shows Rey racing towards what seems to be a fire on Acht-To but actually turns out to be some sort of Caretaker party. The scene also includes some intense dialogue between Rey and Luke.
Last month, Johnson provided some further hints about what fans could expect from the deleted scenes. “There’s a whole extended sequence where Finn and Rose and DJ sneak through the Mega Destroyer when they’re trying to find the tracker,” he said. “It’s a full sequence of like stuff with them sneaking through this big office area of the Mega Destroyer and then having to fake out these Stormtroopers.”
In related news, Johnson took to Twitter recently to defend one of The Last Jedi‘s most controversial scenes. Through a series of pictures, he showed why Luke projecting a vision of himself to fight Kylo Ren made perfect sense.