The Star Wars: The Last Jedi novelization will have some notable additions, chief among them being scenes that were deleted from the film’s script and the long-awaited funeral for Han Solo. The novel will also further explore the world of Canto Bight, the gambling-heavy leisure planet Finn and Rose escape to so they can find a master code-breaker.
The novel’s script was overseen by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, who also wrote the movie’s script. Many of the novel’s additions were collected from elements of the film that didn’t make the cut due to time and story constraints.
“When I was a kid, when a movie I loved would come out, I would ride my bike to the grocery store and get the novelization,” Johnson said in an interview with The Star Wars Show. “I was very lucky that I got to sit down up at Skywalker Ranch and meet with the author who wrote the novel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
That author is Jason Fry, whose work with the Star Wars canon has been nothing short of prolific. Fry’s Star Wars novels have included several titles aimed at young adults, but he is perhaps better known for his guides that touch on nearly every aspect of the Star Wars Universe, from expansive encyclopedias to deep-dives on era-specific vehicles.
“Rian Johnson and I had an amazing conversation,” Fry said. "We got to write entirely new scenes for the book: Han Solo’s funeral, Rose and Paige Tico together and further explorations of the far-spanning world of Canto Bight, just to name a few.”
Those will likely be welcome additions for fans who felt that the galaxy’s most notorious smuggler got the short end of the stick when he was dispatched towards the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the legacy of Han Solo clearly plays a major role in the events of The Last Jedi, the scoundrel with a heart of gold never got a proper on-screen send-off. The book looks to right that.
“We got to talk through some interesting additional scenes from the film,” Johnson said. “That’s the fun stuff you can get into a novel that you can’t always get onto the screen. I’m very happy that we got to do this novel.”
The novelization of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available for purchase on March 6.