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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the end of the Skywalker Saga are fast approaching, and it’s about time to start preparing to see the climactic film. You may have already scooped up your tickets and watched and dissected the final trailer a dozen times, but C-3PO still has an assignment for you to complete before Episode IX’s December 20 release date. Watch below as C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels encourages fans to re-watch Star Wars before The Rise of Skywalker.
Anthony Daniels is encouraging fans to get ready to see The Rise of Skywalker by re-watching all of the previous Star Wars movies before the new one hits theaters. When C-3PO talks, the heroes in a galaxy far, far away don’t always listen, but you’d do well to heed Anthony Daniels here because he is speaking sense.
We are two months away from when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters, and if you want to re-watch the Skywalker Saga before its closing chapter, you need to start soon. Sure, you could wait until the last moment and marathon all of the films at home, or even do the 27 hour 21 minute marathon in theaters, but that’s a lot of pressure at the last minute if you run out of time or can’t make it.
So it’s best to get started early, and with T-minus 50 days until The Rise of Skywalker’s release it’s time to get going. As Anthony Daniels notes in the video from SFX Magazine, they are doing one movie a week, starting with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. On that schedule of one movie a week, if you start with the Prequels this week, you would complete the eight-film Skywalker Saga the week of The Rise of Skywalker’s release.
That’s of course not counting if you want to incorporate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story into your re-watch as well. So while two months might seem like a long time, it’s can creep up on you real fast. For casuals and die-hard Star Wars fans alike, re-watching the existing films is a great way to refresh your memory, as well as get yourself excited and in the mood for a new Star Wars movie.
A Skywalker Saga re-watch may be especially beneficial for The Rise of Skywalker because it is the final film in this 40+ year journey. Director J.J. Abrams set out to make a movie that is a cohesive ending to the rest of the saga that answers as many questions as possible. So if I had to guess, having the rest of the films fresh in your mind, from the Prequel Trilogy to the Original Trilogy to the Sequel Trilogy, will make for a more rewarding experience.
It’s especially fitting that Anthony Daniels is encouraging us to re-watch this saga, when in the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, C-3PO talked about taking one last look at his friends in an incredibly emotional moment. The Rise of Skywalker will be our last look at these friends from a galaxy far, far away on the big screen, so it's best to savor it.
Re-watching all of the Skywalker Saga isn’t the only thing Star Wars fans have on their plates before The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. The very first live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian, drops its first episode on the new Disney+ streaming service at launch on November 12 and will continue until the end of the year. And for the gamers out there, the new game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order arrives on November 15.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker blasts into theaters on December 20. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what movies are coming out before then, and let us know below how you’re doing your Skywalker Saga re-watch.