[This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the headline contains a spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that everyone should already know about by now.]
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, despite being a pretty long movie, was rather tightly constrained by time. Most of the plot revolves around Resistance ships struggling to stay ahead of the First Order as they slowly run out of fuel, leaving a lot of the characters too busy to enjoy little diversions like a feast with the Ewoks or a weird musical performance at Jabba’s palace like in the old movies. For the upcoming Last Jedi novelization, though, author Jason Fry is going to slow things down and spend some time with at least one scene that wouldn’t have fit anywhere in the movie version, and he’s getting some help from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
As reported by Cinema Blend, the most recent episode of The Star Wars Show on YouTube featured Johnson and Fry discussing the book for a moment, and they revealed that the novelization will feature some content that Johnson cut out of the movie including a funeral of some sort for Han Solo. We don’t know anything else about the funeral, including when in the story it would happen or if it would be held by Leia on one of the Resistance ships or by Luke on the Porg planet, but the movie was probably better off without it either way (especially considering that the movie scene where Luke and Leia talk about Han is absolutely perfect as it is for other reasons).
Other new things in the book include Luke tricking Rey into thinking the Ahch-To caretakers were being attacked by bandits just to be a dick, some more stuff with Rose Tico and her sister Paige before her death at the beginning of the movie, and some additional casino shenanigans at Canto Bight. The book will be available on March 6.