Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is shorter than the previously announced time. The original time was two hours and thirty-four minutes, which made it the longest installment yet. But now it is cut short to two hours and twenty-one minutes, which still made it the second-longest movie yet. The news was announced by the film director, J.J. Abrams. The film shooting was fully completed on Sunday.
As per Hollywood.reporter.com, “2018’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi will retain the title of the longest Star Wars movie at 152 minutes, while Rise of Skywalker (141 minutes) will be longer than Abrams’ Force Awakens (138 minutes) and sit somewhere around Episode II (142 minutes) and Episode III (140 minutes). The rise of StarWalker will be released on December 20.
Till now the Star Wars episodes as per Hollywood.reports.com was as follows:
Episodes 4: A New Hope(1977) -121 minutes. Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back(1980) -124 minutes. Episode 6: Return of the Jedi(1983) -131 minutes.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) —136 minutes. Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) —142 minutes. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) —140 minutes
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)- 138 minutes. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) —133 minutes. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) — 152 minutes. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) — 135 minutes. Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker (2019) — 141 minutes.
The director was kind of disappointed with the actors and how they left it midway and was careless. Abrams mentions, “One of our actors, I won’t say which one — I want to, but I won’t — let it under their bed and it was found by someone who was cleaning their place,” he began. “It was given to someone else, who then went to sell it on eBay,” he explained to audible gasps from the audience. Abrams even says that he got it back before it was sold on e-bay.
Anyways the movie will be a successful one, even if the time is cut short.