While practically every movie has deleted scenes, few of them are as sought after as moments cut out of Star Wars films. That’s why a simple birthday greeting from Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s Mark Hamill to his co-star in the film Laura Dern is getting so much attention. Warning: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In the message, which Hamill posted to Instagram, he writes, “SHOUT OUT to [Laura Dern] for no particular reason other than being one of my all-time favorite actors & for being a genuinely nice person. It was nice almost working with you. xoxo from your deleted-scene partner.”
A deleted scene featuring both Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo could dramatically change so much about The Last Jedi. After all, by the time Skywalker uses the Force to project himself to the Resistance, Dern’s Holdo had already sacrificed her life to destroy Snoke’s ship. Sharing a scene means either Holdo was meant to survive longer or Luke was originally supposed to join the fight much sooner–perhaps in person.
While Hamill has yet to explain exactly what that scene entails, the implications are that it would have led to a very different movie. While it’s entirely possible that the scene–and maybe others-could end up on the Blu-ray or digital release of the film, it will be impossible to know how much the movie changed without director Rian Johnson’s input.
As it stands, Johnson has been very vocal about the version of the movie fans saw in theaters. Whether it was the identity of Rey’s parents, the missing Knights of Ren, or whatever happened to Han’s funeral, Johnson has an answer for it all. Of course, he can’t talk about The Last Jedi forever. He’s also developing another trilogy of Star Wars movies.