Well, you can kiss the once teased 155-minute runtime for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker goodbye, because now that the cut has been finalized by J.J. Abrams, it’s clocking in nearly 15-minutes shorter than first reported.
According to Abrams, who did an interview on EWLive on SiriusXM (by way of GameSpot), the final version of the film is only two hours and 21 minutes long.
Boo, hiss, yuck!
That’s a 14-minute difference from the original length first teased when tickets went on sale last month, and for a film, that is a huge amount of content. I mean we’re talking at least two scenes worth, if not more, is now gone from the final film.
Who knows what may have been cut, or if anything was cut at all and the initial runtime was just a placeholder, but no matter how you slice it, TROS will no longer be the longest Star Wars movie of all-time, which just seems silly considering it’s being setup as the end all be all for nine movies worth of Skywalker Saga storytelling.
I’m bummed, but let us know what you think of this news be leaving a comment below.