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With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker now playing in theaters, the Skywalker Saga is officially over. Alas, just like how The Last Jedi earned polarizing reception two years earlier, The Rise of Skywalker has also been incredibly divisive, if not more than its predecessor. So much so that as of last week, there have been calls to release “The J.J. Cut,” i.e. a version of Episode IX that reincorporates deleted scenes.
You can count Dominic Monaghan, who appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Resistance member Beaumont Kin, among those who’d like to see an extended version of the Skywalker Saga capper be made available to the public. As he put it:
It’s worth clarifying that Dominic Monaghan did not comment on the rumors that there’s already a longer version of the close-to-$1 billion Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that’s been assembled, and that studio interference is what led to the version that was released in theaters. However, he is aware of at least some of the material that didn’t make the final cut, which he believes fans should get to see. For instance, as Monaghan later told The Hollywood Reporter:
However, for now, there’s no indication that an extended version of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released. While George Lucas would frequently make edits to the Original Trilogy (including the recently-unveiled “Maclunkey!”) and even tinker some with the Prequel Trilogy, director’s cuts have never really been a thing in the Star Wars franchise.
I suspect that just like with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, there will be various deleted scenes made available on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but you’ll have to watch those separately as opposed to them being added back into the movie itself. Ideally one or several of those scenes will include Dominic Monaghan’s Beaumont Kin since he didn’t have much screen time in the final product, and it’d be nice to see how could have contributed more to the story.