How You Can See ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Early

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is undoubtedly the most anticipated movie of the year. Audiences have been waiting patiently for the past two years to see the film. Newsweek has reported that AMC just announced that a select few, very dedicated Star Wars fans can see the new film. Let’s take a look at how you can see The Rise of Skywalker slightly earlier than the rest of the public.

Star Wars characters R2-D2, BB-8, and D-O | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Watch a Marathon to see ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

To commemorate the tenth episode in the Star Wars saga, AMC will be hosting a 27 hour and twenty one minute long marathon of the first nine films in the saga that culminates in a screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The AMC marathon will last from December 18th through December 20th. The Rise of Skywalker will be screened at 5 p.m. on December 20th. This means that those who attend the screening will get to see the film one hour before the rest of the public.

Everyone who attends the screenings will go home with a collectible blanket and pin in addition to the satisfaction of having seen The Rise of Skywalker a little bit early. According to Collider, the announced length of the marathon implies that there will be intermissions between the films – a great idea considering the marathon’s length.

Cosplayers dressed as Kylo Ren and Darth Vader | Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

Of course, this marathon is a huge commitment. Very few fans will be content to spend that much time watching a Star Wars marathon, collectible blanket or no collectible blanket. Because people who watch the marathon will only get to see the film slightly before everyone else, many fans won’t see the commitment as worthwhile. For others, a Star Wars marathon on the big screen will be Disney magic.

What ‘Star Wars’ Films Will Be Part of the Marathon

A Kylo Ren display at a New York City shop window | Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Polygon noted that this marathon will not include every film in the Star Wars saga, only the films in the Skywalker saga, which is the term that Disney uses to describe Episode I through Episode X. Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story, two recent Star Wars films that fall out of the Skywalker Saga, will not be screened as part of this marathon.

Neither will the trio of Star Wars television movies – The Star Wars Holiday Special, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, or Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, which tend to get ignored by the franchise’s fans. The only animated film based on the Star Wars saga – Star Wars: The Clone Wars – will not be part of the marathon either.

In recent years, Star Wars fans have debated what order the Star Wars films should be watched in. Some fans refer to watch the films in the order that they were released, whereas others watch the films in the order that they take place. Thus far, it is unclear what order the Star Wars films will be shown in at this marathon, save for the fact that The Rise of Skywalker will be screened last.