Following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the Interwebs were abuzz with rumors of whether there existed an “Abrams Cut” of that film that differed from what we saw in theatres. Judging by the lack of deleted scenes in the home release, the answer seems to be no. As is the Jedi way, however, one mustn’t deal in absolutes. It seems we are going to get some Rise of Skywalker deleted scenes, after all…. Just not how we were expecting.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; deleted scenes
Image: Marvel Comics

As with every Star Wars movie in the past, The Rise of Skywalker is getting a comic book adaptation. Lucasfilm, in conjunction with Marvel Comics, will bring the film to the page this coming May. Penning the adaptation is the amazing Jody Hauser. Notably, she’ll be including Rise of Skywalker deleted scenes in the comic.

Rise of Skywalker deleted scenes come to life in comics

The talented writer recently spoke to about her upcoming project. Jody Houser’s first Star Wars adaptation was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Her triumph, however, was her retelling of Timothy’s Zahn’s Thrawn. Now she gets to tackle the final episode of the Skywalker saga. In doing so she’ll be adapting extended and deleted scenes not seen before.

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There’s more of this scene and others to come in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization and comics. (Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

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.”

~ Jody Houser

When asked if there was something particular she was looking forward to writing, Houser excitedly spoke of the extended and deleted scenes:

I think 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. Which is vague, but spoilers!”

Jody Houser; Star Wars
That Hashtag Show’s own Greg Evans interviews Jody Houser at NYCC 2019.

With the novel adaptation already including some deleted scenes, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that there definitely is more to The Rise of Skywalker than what we saw on screen.

Marvel’s adaptation of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits bookshelves in May, 2020.