Around these parts, more Star Wars is always a good thing, so news of Episode VIII being the longest film ever in the franchise is certainly welcome.
That’s according to writer/director Rian Johnson, who, while speaking at a promotional press conference in France, confirmed earlier rumors that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have a runtime of 150 minutes. That’s two and half hours, for those of you who aren’t so mathematically inclined. Either way, that’s a healthy hunk of Star Wars fun for one sitting.
Those runtime rumors began in late September, when movie ticket sites started advertising the 150-minute runtime, including credits. As that runtime could have very easily been a placeholder, they remained just that, rumors. But Johnson’s confirmation proves they were accurate.
For comparison’s sake, the next longest Star Wars film is Attack of the Clones, which according to IMDb runs 142 minutes. That’s followed by Revenge of the Sith (140), The Phantom Menace (136 minutes), The Force Awakens (136 minutes), Return of the Jedi (131 minutes), The Empire Strikes Back (124 minutes), and A New Hope (121 minutes). All times include credits.
With all the setup that went down in Force Awakens, there’s obviously plenty to unpack in The Last Jedi, which is presumably the reason for the long runtime. And as Luke says in the new “Kylo Failed You” spot below, it’s “not going to go the way you think.”
But apparently it will go for a while. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens wide Dec. 15.
(via IGN France)