J.J. Abrams says there will be no extended director’s cut of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

However, the film's home release will feature deleted scenes

J.J. Abrams has confirmed that there will be no extended “director’s cut” of The Force Awakens when his Star Wars film is given a home release.

The director told Entertainment Weekly that the film ran “close to two hours and 50 minutes” at an early stage in the editing process. He then chopped it down to its current length of two hours and 16 minutes for its theatrical release.

However, none of the excised footage will be restored when the film comes out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download later this year. “There will be deleted scenes, but not an extended version,” the director explained.

Since its release in December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the third highest-grossing film of all time with box office takings exceeding $1.73 billion (£1.19 billion). Only Avatar ($2.78 billion / £1.91 billion) and Titanic ($2.18 billion / £1.50 billion) have grossed more.

Meanwhile, Abrams recently branded it “preposterous and wrong” that the film’s female protagonist, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, has been left out of a key set of Star Wars merchandise by toy manufacturer Hasbro. Abrams will not be returning to the director’s chair for the next Star Wars film, due in 2017, with Reaper‘s Rian Johnson taking over behind the camera.