Disney has announced some incredibly exciting news for Star Wars fans today: The final chapter of the latest trilogy, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is officially heading to Disney+ two months early, with its original release date now moved to May 4, otherwise known as Star Wars day.
It marks the latest Star Wars release lined up for May 4 on Disney+, with the release of the documentary series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” as well as the series finale of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on the way, with the latter coming to its close after seven seasons.
Included in Disney’s press release is also the following details on a new concept art takeover which is heading to Disney+:
“Disney+ will also honor the artistry of Star Wars with a week-long concept art takeover on the service. Like a commemorative gallery, each film and series’ artwork will be updated on May 4th to feature its original concept paintings. From “Star Wars: A New Hope” to “The Mandalorian,” the updated art will feature work from celebrated artists such as the legendary Ralph McQuarrie and Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer, Doug Chiang.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hit theatres worldwide on December 20, with J.J. Abrams directing his second Star Wars feature, having previously directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The film tells the conclusion of Rey, Finn and Kylo’s story that stretched three movies, with cast members including Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hammill, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo and Kelly Marie Tran. The film also sees the returns of Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams to the franchise.
With much of the world on lockdown, this news has come at a perfect time for Star Wars fans and Disney+ subscribers who will now be able to watch the trilogy in its entirety on the service, as well as the potential for a marathon with all nine films in the saga.