Star Wars fans rejoice, The Last Jedi will be headed to Netflix next month. The eighth installment of the Skywalker Saga will be available to watch anytime on the streaming service starting June 26.
Immediately following it's release in December of 2017, The Last Jedi prompted some divisive arguments among fans, to put it mildly. A very vocal subset of fans disagreed with the direction of the story, and even created a petition to have it stricken from the canon. The outcry aside, writer/director Rian Johnson really created a celebration of Star Wars, one that's lovingly chocked full of obscure references throughout. For all the noise and bluster that was made, The Last Jedi still managed to become 2017's most profitable film at the box office.
According to Buzzfeed, The Last Jedi will be available to stream starting June 26th. It will join 2016's Rogue One as the only other live-action Star Wars movie in Netflix's vast online library. Though there is some additional Star Wars content available to stream beyond the films. Namely 2008's animated adventure The Clone Wars, and the animated series of the same name, are both available on Netflix.
While the film may not have been a good sequel to 2015's The Force Awakens, it was one of the most unique, and challenging, Star Wars entries thus far. Even Mark Hamill himself "fundamentally disagreed" with how Johnson planned to deal with the character of Luke Skywalker - at least at first. Hamill did eventually concede that he trusted the director's vision, and regretted that he made his criticism public. Whether or not the farmboy-turned-Jedi will make an appearance as a Force ghost in Episode IX is ultimately up to director J.J. Abrams.
Netflix subscribers might have a limited viewing window with The Last Jedi, however. Disney owns the franchise, and they're still planning on launching their own streaming service sometime next year. Though the service doesn't yet have a price point, or even a name, it has begun to restructure itself in preparation. It will also remain consistent with the overall Disney brand. This means nothing R-rated will be in their library when the service becomes available. Anything Disney produces that isn't kid-friendly will land on Hulu. The handful of Netflix shows that take place within the MCU, which Disney also owns the rights to, will be there for the foreseeable future.
Given that every Star Wars movie has a PG or PG-13 rating, it's a safe bet that Disney will want them to lure in new subscribers. Beyond the movies, Disney's streaming service will also be home to two new Star Wars series currently in development. These include Star Wars: Resistance and Jon Favreau's untitled Star Wars series. Both projects will take place after the events in Return of the Jedi. Until this all comes to pass, fans will be able to watch that epic throne room battle over and over (and over) again from the comfort of their living rooms.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019