Star Wars may have released the final instalment of the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker, over two months ago now, but the journey isn’t about to end there.
Not only is the franchise now filling in some gaps from the film in its comic books and the upcoming novelisation of the movie by Rae Carson, but The Rise of Skywalker itself is now being adapted into comic book form too – and it will include extended and deleted scenes.
The five-part miniseries, which has been written by Jody Houser with art by Will Sliney, will publish its first issue in May, and Houser admits that she’s “excited” about the new details they’re adding in the comics.
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“I’m more excited about some of the new things we’re adding, including expanding moments from the movie with elements we didn’t get to see on screen,” she told StarWars.com.
“I think one of the great things about adaptations in other mediums is you do get the chance to build out elements of the story there may not have been time or a place for on the screen.
“Giving light to new scenes gives the creators in these other mediums a chance to add to the story, rather than just translating it for the page.”
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While the home releases of both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi included deleted scenes, there’s been no confirmation as yet that The Rise of Skywalker will follow suit when it’s released on digital, DVD and Blu-ray.
This means that it’s likely that the comic series and the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition novel will be our only means of learning what ended up on the cutting room floor – including those much-anticipated Rose Tico scenes.
Rise of Skywalker actor Dominic Monaghan, who played Resistance fighter Beaumont Kin, recently called for a director’s cut of the film, saying there was “so much stuff” filmed that was cut from the final release.
“I wasn’t there all the time, but even in the short time that I was there, there was so much stuff filmed that didn’t make it to the theatrical version,” he said.
“I remember texting JJ at the end of certain days and saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t wait to see that’. It was just extraordinary to even just be involved in that scene, and unfortunately, with the time constraints, they didn’t make it or they changed things around.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available to pre-order on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K now.
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