We don’t know for sure, and Disney+ doesn’t know for sure yet either, but we can make a reasonable guess of sometime next summer or fall. It all depends on how well the movie plays, and all indications are it will play very, very well indeed.
When do Disney+ and ‘Rise of Skywalker’ come out first?
Those questions are pretty easy to answer. Disney+ launches November 12, and a great deal has been made of what will (and will not) be on the service. Here is everything that will be available, per the official Star Wars site:
- The Mandalorian
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Seasons One to Five)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars — The Lost Missions
- Star Wars Rebels (All Seasons)
- Star Wars Resistance Season One
- LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles — Clash of the Skywalkers
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (All Seasons)
- LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars
As for The Rise of Skywalker, that comes out in theaters first on December 20, with some early shows on the evening of December 19. Tickets for those are already through the roof, and have even outpaced Avengers: Endgame.
When will ‘Rise of Skywalker’ be on the new service?
The official Star Wars site does say that The Rise of Skywalker will be on Disney “During the first year of service launch in the US. So that probably means somewhere between June and November.
The Last Jedi came out theatrically in December of 2017, and it landed on Netflix the following summer. So The Rise of Skywalker will probably follow the same pattern for Disney+.
But that also speaks to why The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be on Disney+ at launch. Those movies are still on Netflix, and Disney and Netflix have an agreement that those movies will play on Netflix for a certain time period, even after Disney+ starts. Once those contracts are up, those titles will move over to Disney+.
It’s quite possible that Last Jedi, Solo and Rise of Skywalker could all arrive on Disney+ at the same time. Only in 2020 will Disney+ begin to resemble a one-stop shop, whether the content is Star Wars or Marvel.
Until that time, viewers will have to use more than one service to have access to everything – unless they hang on to their DVDs or Blu-Rays.
What can we expect from the new movie?
Boy, is that a loaded question. The final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker just dropped, and there is no shortage of videos or articles that break down the trailer shot by shot, trying to figure out what it could possibly mean.
For what it’s worth, here’s the plot synopsis from Wikipedia: “A year after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again — while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil.
Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.”
That description doesn’t tell us very much, but there’s obviously a lot of ground to cover, with this being the longest Star Wars movie to date. It runs two hours and 35 minutes, just a tick longer than the previous record holder, The Last Jedi, which ran two hours and 32 minutes.