Dominic Monaghan Hopes To See A “J.J. Cut” Of Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker

Actor Dominic Monaghan unofficially joins the cry for a "J.J. Cut" of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, describing some of the deleted scenes.
Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan may have accidentally joined forces with angry fans, based on his recent Star Wars comments. No matter the film, there are always scenes that don’t make it into a movie, whether it be for time or just because they didn’t fit into the story. For Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, this is no different – except for the fact that it’s one of the hottest properties around.

Star Wars is one of the most scrutinized brands on the planet. Over on Reddit, there were massive leaks for The Rise of Skywalker and, for the most part, these leaks held up. Except the leaks had a few scenes that apparently would have made the film better.

There was a lack of presence from Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico, which some fans were not happy about. It has been confirmed by Tran herself that she filmed at least one substantial scene with Daisy Ridley’s Rey which was later left on the cutting room floor. Recently, actor Dominic Monaghan described another scene with Rose that was cut.

Dominic Monaghan Speaks Up

Rose Tico

“Another thing that we will hopefully see at some point in the future, is that in the final battle, Connix [played by Billie Lourd] injures her leg. Obviously, myself, Rose and Connix are exiting the battle, and Rose has a weapon. While Rose is busy doing stuff, I grab Connix’s arm and put it over my shoulder to make sure that all of us come back as unscathed as possible.”

Dominic Monaghan in TROS

With all of these deleted scenes, fans have been taking a page out of Justice League‘s “#ReleaseTheSynderCut” with their own “#ReleaseTheJJCut”. However, fans aren’t the only ones that want to see what J.J. Abrams originally had in store for the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Dominic Monaghan himself wants to see what J.J. had planed. While talking to THR, the actor had a few hopes of his own to present:

“Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I’m hoping there will be a director’s cut so we’ll get to see more and more of the stuff that was filmed. 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….Oh, man, there was so much stuff.”

We don’t officially know why some of these scenes were cut, but I don’t think as many fans would have complained if the film was a bit longer for the sake of making it better. Would you like to see a “J.J. cut” of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Let us know in the comments below.


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