“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens nationwide in less than two weeks, and we already know it will make history as the longest entry in the franchise with a two-and-a-half hour runtime. 150 minutes is certainly long, but apparently it’s nothing compared to the first cut director Rian Johnson put together.
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Johnson told Collider during a recent interview that his first cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ran over the three-hour mark, although he admits “the movie is much better at two and half hours then it was at over three.”
“A lot of really good stuff came out in the edit,” Johnson told Collider. “I just reviewed the deleted scenes we’re going to have on the Blu-ray. Some of my favorite scenes had to come out structurally. There’s a lot of really substantial, really good scenes [that were cut]. A couple whole sequences we lifted out, some of my favorite stuff in the movie.”
While the deleted scenes Johnson is talking about will be included on the film’s Blu-ray release, the filmmaker has no plans to put the scenes back in the movie for some kind of special extended edition release.
“I’m really not into that. I feel like the cut is what it is because it’s the best version of the movie,” Johnson said. “The director’s cut is the movie that’s going out in theaters. All the deleted scenes, no matter how much I love them, 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. The movie [at two-and-a-half hours] is definitely the best version of the movie.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens December 15. Watch Johnson’s video interview with Collider below. As Star Wars: The Last Jedi approaches its December 15th theatrical release, get ready to see the power of Disney’s fully armed and operational merchandising machine. OnePlus has revealed that it will be part of that circus with the 5T Star Wars Limited Edition smartphone. Coming to India on December 14th, it’s bedecked with a red side button, backside Star Wars logo and screen theme featuring First Order stormtrooper wallpaper.
OnePlus teased the device via at the Bengaluru Comic Con in India, and will unveil it in Mumbai at a popup store on December 14th, with ticket sales kicking off on Thursday. In a teaser video (below) it also revealed what looks like a new, more geometric font, but that might be strictly part of the Star Wars branding tie-in.
Disney has done smartphone merchandising deals before, most notably with Japan’s Softbank on a special-edition Star Wars: Rogue One device. However, OnePlus presents itself as a company that can offer premium smartphones on the cheap because it’s lean and mean, so it’s a bit weird to see it splurging on what must be an expensive Star Wars license — even if it’s only in India. On the other hand, there’s no doubt that the Special Edition 5T pushes all the buttons for Android and Star Wars fans, two groups that have a lot of crossover. There’s no word on whether it’ll arrive in other regions.