Get ready to sit down and strap in for the ride of a lifetime, and the longest-ever movie in Star Wars history, when Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this winter.
Revealed on AMC Theatres’ official website and confirmed by film industry trade publication The Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will boast a running time of 155 minutes (that’s two hours and 35 minutes, for those keeping track), which is longer than 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi by three minutes, making it the longest entry in the franchise.
Previous films in the Star Wars saga have usually clocked in between two and two and a half hours in length, with the shortest being the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series pilot, which also received a theatrical run.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977): 121 minutes
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980): 124 minutes
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983): 132 minutes
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999): 133 minutes
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002): 142 minutes
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005): 140 minutes
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008): 98 minutes
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015): 135 minutes
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): 133 minutes
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017): 152 minutes
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018): 135 minutes
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019): 155 minutes
Being the twelfth (and chronologically last) theatrical feature in the series– not to mention shouldering the burden of wrapping up more than four decades worth of continuity in a cohesive and satisfying manner– would seemingly justify the lengthy runtime of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But all that really matters in the end is whether audiences come out to see it and enjoy it. Regardless, the Force will be with us… always. Even for over two and a half hours.