The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker showtime is confirmed by director J.J. Abrams – and, unlike what was originally reported last month, is not the longest Star Wars film ever. But, see the light side: at least that means we’re very close to watching the film very soon.
Speaking for Entertainment Weekly’s EW Live radio show, Abrams said the Rise of Skywalker runtime is “two minutes and 21 minutes”. Do not go to your calculator all at once. It is 141 minutes long, trailing it from Attack of the Clones (142 minutes) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (153 minutes).
Still, it’s still not set in stone – Abrams said that what he believes may be runtime, but it may change accounting for title cards, credits, and other minor tweaks before its December release.
Back in October, the cinema series AMC Theaters posted a list for Rising of Skywalker, which consisted of 155 minutes at runtime. As we now know, this was a potential placeholder.
So, how does it stack up every previous main Star Wars movie in terms of runtime? As you will see from the list below, it dwarfs the original trilogy in terms of length and is three minutes longer than the final journey of Abrams’ galaxy away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
A New Hope – 121 minutes
Empire Strikes Back – 124 minutes
Return of the Jedi – 131 minutes
Phantom Men’s – 136 minutes
Attack of the Clones – 142 minutes
Reeth’s Revenge – 140 minutes
The Force Awakens – 138 minutes
Wicked One – 133 minutes
Last Jedi – 152 minutes
Solo – 135 minutes
Missed all of yesterday’s rise of Skywalker news? This is the first full clip from the film, featuring Flying Strotopers, along with an Ed Sheeran cameo report.