A runtime for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been shared from a movie theater's ticketing screen, but can it actually be the real runtime? The final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the end of the decades long Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skwalker is set to release later this year. Anticipation for the film is, of course, sky high, which may be why even a rumored runtime for the film will have fans excited.
Since being purchased by Disney in 2012, Lucasfilm has greatly expanded the galaxy far, far away with four feature films, multiple TV shows, video games, and many books and comics. There's more Star Wars material available for fans to consume than ever before and much more planned for the future. Coming up on Disney+ is the new live-actions series, The Mandalorian, while for the big screen, both Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and the team behind Game of Thrones, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, are developing their own Star Wars films.
In a post on Reddit, an image taken of the ticketing screen for a movie theater appears to show not only the opening night showtimes for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's release, but the film's runtime as well. According to the photo, The Rise of Skywalker clocks in at 155 minutes or 2 hours and 35 minutes. Now, this shouldn't be taken as a confirmation of The Rise of Skywalker's runtime as it's more likely a prediction on the part of the theater, but it's interesting they're already preparing their ticketing system for the film's release. This might hint that ticket pre-sales are right around the corner, in which case, the reveal of an official runtime may not be far behind.
As for the legitimacy of this purported runtime, while it comes fairly close to both those for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2 hours, 18 minutes) and The Last Jedi (2 hours, 32 minutes), that alone doesn't make a 2 hour, 35 minute runtime for The Rise of Skywalker any more real. In fact, the 155 minutes is likely a placeholder time that allows the movie theater to plan for the film's release with estimated showtimes. As the previous two films in the Star Wars sequel trilogy both ran for about two and half hours, it's likely but not necessary for The Rise of Skywalker to have a similar length. It may even be longer seeing as Episode IX will serve as the conclusion for the nine film saga.
Recently, there have been rumors of a new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer debuting soon, and a theater preparing for ticket sales seems to back those rumors up. It's typical for a big release to announce the start of ticket pre-sales with a new trailer, and as the film's release is roughly two months way, we should expect a new trailer as well as tickets to go on sale sooner rather than later. Of course, all of this remains pure speculation and not until the official word is given by Disney can we say for sure when to expect a new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, but seeing movie theaters prepare for what will be arguable the biggest movie of the year is still exciting.
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