The Last Jedi is breaking Star Wars records by becoming the longest-running film in the franchise. Director Rian Johnson shared the news of Episode 8's runtime, which comes in at two hours and 30 minutes.
Johnson revealed the films historic length in a press conference (via Collider), that has Star Wars fans celebrating. The Last Jedi dethrones 2002's Attack of the Clones, which held the number one spot for 15 years. Episode 8 squashes Episode 2 by eight extra minutes of Lucasfilm goodness.
According to IMDB, the runtimes for the rest of the Star Wars franchise are as follows:
- (1977) Star Wars: A New Hope- 2 hours, 1 minute
- (1980) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back- 2 hours, 4 minutes
- (1983) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi- 2 hours, 11 minutes
- (2016) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- 2 hours, 13 minutes
- (1999) Star Wars: The Phantom Menace- 2 hours, 16 minutes
- (2015) Star Wars: The Force Awakens- 2 hours, 16 minutes
- (2005) Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith- 2 hours, 20 minutes
- (2002) Star Wars: Attack of the Clones- 2 hours, 22 minutes
IGN also reported several weeks ago that Johnson would be at the helm of a new independent Star Wars trilogy. The new movie series is rumored to be set apart from Luke Skywalker, General Leia, Rey, Finn, and pretty much everyone in the roman numeral series.The Last Jedi joins films like Saving Private Ryan (170 minutes), Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (178 minutes), Pearl Harbor (183 minutes), and Avatar (160 minutes) in their extra-long runtimes. Each film saw incredible box office success, which was not hindered by its above average length.
Episode 8 stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, David Boyega, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, and Lupita Nyong'o.
The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.
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