Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t yet have an official runtime, but it’s shaping up to be substantial.

A significant hint about what fans can expect has come from the brother of legendary composer John Williams, who has already announced that The Rise of Skywalker will be his last Star Wars film.

His brother, musician Don Williams, recently revealed during an interview with Scoring Arts that John is recording more than two hours worth of music for JJ Abrams’s final instalment of the Skywalker Saga.

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“John’s started up with another Star Wars,” his brother Don confirmed. “He’s got 135 minutes worth of music to write, so that kinda tells you how long the film is.”

Traditionally, there isn’t a score running over every second of the film, but it’s likely that The Rise of Skywalker is at least approaching two and a half hours.

For comparison sake, the theatrical cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi clocked in at 152 minutes while Star Wars: The Force Awakens ran at 135 minutes.

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Some other interesting details have started coming out about The Rise of Skywalker as well, including the debut of new villains the Sith Troopers. Daisy Ridley has also promised a lightsaber battle to remember.

“They actually made the lightsabers lighter for us,” she said. “We, in this film, have, perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on Thursday, December 19 in the UK and Friday, December 20 in the US.

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