The Force is truly waking up with the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” release date only a month away. But just how long do fans expect to be sitting through the latest Star Wars movie? A total of 135 minutes and fans will want to stay for each and every minute, even after the full movie rolls.
Slash Film quotes the latest “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” cover story of Entertainment weekly, which revealed that the total running time of the latest in the epic space opera franchise as 2 hours and 15 minutes (or simply, 135 minutes). According to the story, the final edit was locked in by director J.J. Abrams and team on November 3. Only visual and sound effects plus scoring are missing on the film, which means that the run time is most likely already final.
This news puts “The Force Awakens” as the third longest-running Star Wars film, next to “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” at 142 minutes and “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” at 140 minutes. It bumps “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” to fourth place with 133 minutes. The three original trilogy films remain shortest at 1221, 124, and 131 minutes for “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi” respectively.
But it’s not enough for fans to just stay from the opening crawls to the credits section. They will most likely want to sit for the post-credit, too. Rumour has it that Disney plans on debuting a special sneak peek of next year’s Star Wars prequel film, “Star Wars: Rogue One.” The speculation is not all that far off, given Disney has done the same for almost all its Marvel films.
If those are not enough to excite fans, new footages were premiered via a preview clip on Disney UK. There were familiar footages already — like Rey (Daisy Ridley) extending her hand to Fin (John Boyega) — but there are also fresh ones in there. Fans finally get to see a sneak peek Domhnall Gleeson’s Genera Hux and some new aliens.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuts this December 18.