‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Confirmed on Disney+, but Before or After ‘Rise of Skywalker’?

Showbiz Cheat Sheet discovered a lot browsing through the catalog of Disney+. It turns out they’ve already announced the dates when many popular Disney, Marvel and Star Wars titles will join the streaming service. On December 3’s weekly Disney+ update e-mail, Disney confirmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive within a week of the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters.

The Last Jedi press conference
(L-R) Star Wars: The Last Jedi Producer Kathleen Kennedy, C-3PO, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and Director Rian Johnson | Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Disney

How much longer will you have to wait to watch The Last Jedi on Disney+, or how long after you see The Rise of Skywalker will you have to wait to revisit the previous episode. A Last Jedi update and more coming to Disney+ in this week’s update.

Before ‘The Last Jedi,’ a ‘Mandalorian’ episode comes early

Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian introduced Gina Carano’s character, Cara Dune. Fans are awaiting chapters 5 and 6 of the Star Wars series. When it’s time for Chapter 7, you’ll get to see it two days early.

Giancarlo Esposito as Mof Gideon in The Mandalorian
Giancarlo Esposito as Mof Gideon | Lucasfilm Ltd.

Disney+ announced that episode 7 of The Mandalorian will air Wednesday, December 18. The synopsis reads, “An old rival extends an invitation for The Mandalorian to make peace” and includes the photo of Giancarlo Esposito.

The episode also includes a sneak peak at The Rise of Skywalker which opens two days later, December 20.

Daisy Ridley in The Rise of Skywalker
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Another Disney+ original movie premieres December 20

Togo stars Willem Dafoe as Leonhard Seppala in the true story of his journey across the Alaskan tundra on a dogsled in the winter of 1925. That pretty far, far away, although not as far as The Last Jedi. Dafoe learned to drive the dogsled for real, and Julianne Nicholson plays Seppala’s wife.

Willem Dafoe in Togo
Willem Dafoe in Togo | Film Frame

If you really like dogsledding, please allow Showbiz Cheat Sheet to recommend Iron Will, also streaming on Disney+. The 1994 movie is also a true story of the Iditarod dogsledding race. They’ve also got Snow Dogs, which is not historically accurate. There’s also Ethan Hawke in the adpatation of White Fang if you want more snow dogs. Maybe The Last Jedi‘s porgs can get into porgsledding!

‘The Last Jedi’ will be your post-Christmas present

Fans scrolling through the Disney+ listing found out Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s streaming date. Now it’s official. The day after Christmas you can watch Star Wars: Episode VIII. That’s six days after The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters, a week if you count Thursday night previews.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere
The cast and filmmakers of Star Wars: The Last Jedi | | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

So Boxing Day is when you can add Rian Johnson‘s entry to your Skywalker saga marathon at home and then finish off in theaters. 

After ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ ends

One day after The Last Jedi, on Friday, December 27, The Mandalorian season finale closes out the year on Disney+. The synopsis reads, “The Mandalorian comes face-to-face with an unexpected enemy.” The picture shows the Mandalorian with Cara Dune, guns ready. Don’t worry, The Mandalorian will be back for a second season

Jeff Goldblum explores bikes and RVs

December on Disney+ isn’t all about Star Wars. National Geographic’s series The World According to Jeff Goldblum continues with December 20th’s episode on bikes and 27th’s on RVs. 

Jeff Goldblum pedals through the world of BIKES as he investigates this transportation transformation and the future of mobility,” the synopsis reads. “From witnessing jaw-dropping stunts of BMX riders to visiting the cutting-edge facilities of Specialized Bikes, Jeff investigates how this old mode of transport is heading in new directions. He commits himself to discover what bike truly mean to their owners.”

Jeff Goldblum | Martin Klimek/National Geographic

In ”RVs,” “Jeff Goldblum Rolls into the RV capital of the world to investigate the unique mode of transport and the lifestyle that goes with it. He writnesses the RV Summer Super Show; tours an RV manufacturing factory; and rides with a family who has chosen to live permanently on the road. Through it all, he ponders the conflict between our need for stability and desire to roam free.”

New episodes of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Encore, Marvel’s Hero Project, Pick of the Litter and Forky Asks a Question continue through December.