Rian Johnson Confirms The Last Jedi’s Runtime

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson confirms the film's runtime of 150 minutes, which makes it the longest in the franchise.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has confirmed the film’s running time to be 150 minutes, which makes it the longest installment in the series to date. Word of Episode VIII‘s length first became public back at the end of September when multiple theater chains posted 2 hours, 30 minutes for the movie on their site, but some felt that could have just been a placeholder until something more official was revealed. Now, we know those initial reports were spot on.

It was clear from the moment The Force Awakens ended that The Last Jedi was going to have a lot on its plate, meaning an epic runtime was warranted. Not only is it continuing the stories of youngsters Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, Star Wars 8 is also the first “true” appearance for Luke Skywalker since 1983’s Return of the Jedi and introduces a trio of new characters it will have to develop. Any filmmaker, even one as skilled as Johnson, would be hard-pressed to satisfyingly fit all that in a brisk, economic runtime, so some new ground is being broken.

Johnson confirmed the Last Jedi runtime while at a press conference for the film in France (hat tip John Hoey of Star Wars News Net). As always, this includes the end credits.


Source: John Hoey

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