The Rise of Skywalker arrives on Disney+ on May the 4th
James R | On 27, Apr 2020
The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter in the original Star Wars saga, will arrive on Disney+ on May the 4th.
The film, which was released just a few weeks ago on digital platforms, will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honour of what has now become known as “Star Wars Day”. Fans will be able to stream the complete Skywalker saga all in one place, from George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope, released way back in 1977, to Episode IX. The nine-part saga is available on Disney+ in its entirety, including Episodes VII: The Force Awakens and Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams returning to reprise their iconic roles. (You can read our review of the film here.)
The film will also be arriving on Sky Cinema on May the 4th, as Sky and Disney continue their partnership. Indeed, Sky Cinema currently has the rights to the original six Skywalker entries, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. These will be on Sky Cinema until late this summer, when they are expected to revert to being Disney+ exclusives.
Indeed, the early release gives Disney+ an unrivalled collection of Star Wars titles, including the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rogue One and Solo. On Friday 1st May, Disney+ will also debut the finale of The Mandalorian’s first season, which will lead to a week-long concept art takeover of the service.
Like a commemorative gallery, each film and series’ artwork will be updated on May the 4th to feature its original concept paintings. From 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.
On May the 4th, Disney+ will also release Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, a new original docuseries going behind-the-scenes of Jon Favreau’s sci-fi Western. You can find out more about that show – and see the trailer – here.
Disney+ is available in the UK for £5.99 per month, or £59.99 for a year.