Two hours and 21 minutes. That’s the runtime for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, according to director JJ Abrams in a recent interview on SiriusXM’s EW Live. It isn’t the longest Star Wars movie — that honour belongs to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which clocks in at two hours and 32 minutes.
It’s surprisingly short considering that The Rise of Skywalker is the final chapter in the Skywalker saga 42 years and eight movies. You would think it’ll hit or exceed the three-hour mark like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (201 min) or Avengers: Endgame (181 min). It’s even shorter than Ford v Ferrari (152 min)!
Abrams, who only completed the movie on Sunday (Nov 24), said in an Entertainment Weekly interview, “The [trailers] that have come out are scratching the surface of what the movie is. The ambition of this movie is far greater than Force Awakens. What we set out to do was far more challenging. Everything is exponentially larger on this.”
Larger and cooler as well. Disney and Lucasfilm recently dropped a 30-sec clip where Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and BB-8 are pursued by rocket-pack-strapped Stormtroopers on desert bikes (it’s speeder bikes with wheels!). Check it out:
For those keeping track, here are the runtimes for the other Star Wars movies:
Star Wars: A New Hope — 121 min
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — 124 min
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — 131 min
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace — 136 min
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones — 142 min
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith — 140 min
Star Wars: The Force Awakens — 138 min
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — 133 min
Star Wars: The Last Jedi — 152 min
Solo: A Star Wars Story — 135 min
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — 141 min
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in cinemas Dec 19.
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