It sure sounds like the final version of The Rise of Skywalker that we’ve seen in theaters had quite a bit of content/scenes cut from it during the editing process. Actor Dominic Monaghan, who plays Resistance member Beaumont Kin, offered up the following comments to The Hollywood Reporter:
“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,” Monaghan tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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!”
Monaghan refers to a scene cut from the final battle of the film that featured his character Kin assisting an injured Lt. Connix alongside Rose Tico.
“Another thing that we will hopefully see at some point in the future is that in the final battle, Connix injures her leg,” Monaghan reveals. “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.”
Here’s hoping all of the Episode IX content that was cut from the final version (and I mean every single stitch of it) is included in the film’s assortment of bonus content on the Blu-ray release.