We’re less than two months away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of what Lucasfilm and Disney hope will be many, many standalone films. If you can believe it, there may very well be more riding on this one movie than there was on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Force Awakens had the legacy of decades of films behind it. Even if it didn’t quite live up to the fans’ vision, it still built off a beloved mythology, and was pretty much guaranteed to make money no matter what, thanks to the ten-year drought.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes after many fans have been sated, and as such, demand isn’t as high as it was this time last year. On top of that, Rogue One will be the first movie not to be a part of the main saga. Unlike the other six films, Rogue One does not follow a Skywalker. Instead, audiences will have to grow to love a new set of characters — and that audience will need to be okay with saying goodbye to those characters once the runtime is over.
This leads us to one question about the film: what is the runtime? Generally speaking, a standard Star Wars film will run two to two-and-a-half hours in length. Would this be the same for Rogue One?
The Australian Event Cinemas just posted a listing for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and in that listing, they have it set at 133 minutes — or two hours and thirteen minutes. This definitely seems like a believable runtime for the movie. In general, just north of two hours seems to be a pretty good bet for any standard blockbuster film nowadays. Generally, Hollywood tries to make them more than two hours to justify the trip to the theaters, and less than two-and-a-half so that they can get plenty of showtimes in.
That being said, we can’t quite take this as gospel yet. We’ve been burned by cinema listings before. Sometimes theater outlets just need to throw some numbers in there for the sake of completion, and every now and then, the runtimes shown are nowhere near the actual runtime length. As such, we’ll have to take this with a grain of salt for the time being, but don’t be surprised if this turns out to be a fact.
What do you think of a 133-minute runtime? Does that fit a film like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Let us know in the comments down below!
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SOURCE: Event Cinemas