“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has been out for almost two weeks. Rumors have picked up that there’s a second cut of the film that fixed a lot of the mistakes panned by critics.
What’s going on: The hashtag #ReleaseTheJJCut has surfaced on social media this week. Fans used the hashtag calling for the release of a rumored second cut of “Rise of Skywalker” that was longer than the one we saw in theaters.
The social media rumors about the Abrams cut say that Disney made cuts and changes to “The Rise of Skywalker” without Abrams’ knowledge.
Rumors: There’s a lot to unpack in these rumored cuts and changes. You can read them in this Twitter thread. Here are the highlights:
- Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen would have reprised their roles as Force ghosts.
- There were longer scenes of self-reflection from characters.
- Rose Tico would have had a bigger role.
Reaction: As a result of the rumors, social media called for the release of the original version. There is no proof that the Abrams version exists. The rumors are unverified.
You people will believe one anonymous source who spins the most elaborate story, but not reporters who have 25 years of verified history. You deserve the stupid movie news you get. #ReleaseTheJJCut— DrewMcWeeny (@DrewMcWeeny) January 2, 2020
The #releasethejjcut stuff is such a mess.— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 2, 2020
A Star Wars subreddit has a huge post this morning up outlining instances of major studio interference between JJ Abrams TROS cut and the final version.
There's an interesting disinfo thing happening here... pic.twitter.com/C9f38ATzuL
If you really care about star wars, if you really care about Hayden, and want the original cut, make this trending #ReleaseTheJJCut— ًً (@kenobiness) January 2, 2020
I have supported Hayden. I have watched him get continuous hate upon hate about playing a character no one else could even come close to succeeding at. it took him a lot to come back in the public eye. He has so much respect for the Star Wars fandom for coming— #ReleaseTheJJCut— (@anakinsdaya) January 2, 2020
Hang on I'm seeing/reading that The Rise of Skywalker was supposed to be 3hrs long and have the Force Ghosts Anakin, Obi-Wan, Luke, and company appear with Rey? Idk if it's true but if it is, I need to see this cut ASAP! #ReleaseTheAbramsCut #ReleaseTheJJCut pic.twitter.com/rByS3sWjR4— Cristian Molina (@DirectedByCJ) January 2, 2020
Similar: The movement mirrors the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, which centered around a rumored second version of the “Justice League” movie from director Zack Snyder.