‘The Rise of Skywalker: ‘Star Wars’ Fans Have Strong Opinions About Unreleased Deleted Scenes
Whether it’s the prequels or the sequels, Star Wars fans are aware of how controversial the movies can be. One of the more controversial and divisive Star Wars movies has to be The Rise of Skywalker, and fans can’t really agree with what it does right or wrong.
Some fans didn’t like where the movie was headed, others didn’t like how it ended, and there are plenty of opinions in between. Overall though, many fans do agree that the overall story could’ve been very different, and that’s where the deleted scenes come in.
Or at least, they should come in, but Star Wars fans know that the deleted scenes in The Rise of Skywalker will probably never see the light of day.
Why some fans didn’t like ‘The Rise of Skywalker’
Since the Star Wars fandom is so big, there are naturally a lot of reasons why some Star Wars fans don’t like something. For example, some fans wished that the movie did a longer time jump, other fans wished that Rey was not related to Palpatine, and other fans wanted Ben Solo to survive the whole thing.
Regardless of the changes that fans want to make, deleted scenes are often a good way to get insight on the changes that the director actually could’ve made. For example, The Last Jedi had deleted scenes, and they showed a few paths that the director could’ve taken when he made the movie.
That isn’t the case with The Rise of Skywalker though, but fans were able to get a hint about those deleted scenes.
Kylo Ren tortures Chewbacca
Like Star Wars fans on Reddit talked about, Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewbacca in the sequel movies, talked briefly about one particular scene that he filmed for The Rise of Skywalker that never showed up in the movie. In that scene, Kylo tortures Chewbacca, and according to Suotamo, it was very intense.
Suotamo said that Adam Driver, who played Kylo, was “truly sociopathic” in that scene. However, for one reason or another, this scene was never released, not in the movie nor as a deleted scene.
It was probably a good idea to cut that scene from the movie, as, at the end of the day, Star Wars is supposed to be a fun time for the family. It would be very dark if the filmmakers decided to keep that torture scene in. That said, the fact that this scene has never seen the light of day hints at something else too, according to Star Wars fans.
Are these deleted scenes too divisive?
As one Star Wars fan said on Reddit, “I am 100% positive they never released the TROS deleted scenes because there was a lot of them, possibly even including alternate story paths, some of which would likely be more to the liking of many in the fandom. All of this would just create even more drama, division, and discord. We’ll get the scenes eventually. We just have to be patient.”
While it’s impossible for the average Star Wars fan to know if there are actually more deleted scenes that Disney is keeping locked up, that fan’s sentiments are probably accurate. After The Rise of Skywalker premiered, a lot of fans took to social media to talk about what they didn’t like about the movie.
It didn’t take long before people started pointing fingers, and from there, it quickly evolved into hate mail and similar types of negativity. If Disney truly has more deleted scenes in its vaults, then releasing them would just make fans angry about the roads not taken. As such, it might be better for everyone to keep those scenes under lock and key for the time being.