The Complete Skywalker Saga Comes to Disney+ on May 4th
At long last, the entire, 9-film Skywalker Saga will be available for streaming all in one place. Disney+ has announced the release date of The Complete Skywalker Saga on that very special Star Wars holiday May the 4th. The 9th and final film in the saga, J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is streaming a whole two months earlier, giving fans the complete saga while we’re all maintaining social distancing at home. The Complete Skywalker Saga joins Disney+’s The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the new 8-part docuseries Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian in the streaming service’s vast Star Wars collection.
The Complete Skywalker Saga includes a ton of great extras for Star Wars nerds. For example, for the film that started it all, George Lucas’s 1977 Star Wars IV – A New Hope, Disney+ has a rough cut from the Mos Eisley cantina scene that is a must-watch. There are a bunch of glorious goodies like this for all 9 films.
Disney+ also announced a week-long Star Wars concept art takeover, with artwork from each film appearing on the streaming service, including the original concept paintings. These pieces of Star Wars art will include work from legends in the field like Ralph McQuarrie and Doug Chiang.
Check out the trailer announcement here:
Here’s the official word from Disney:
Long have we waited. And now, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is coming to Disney+ on Star Wars Day.
The final chapter of the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day. For the first time ever, fans will be able to stream the complete Skywalker saga all in one place — perfect for Star Wars Day marathons. What began in 1977 with George Lucas’ groundbreaking Star Wars: A New Hope, the nine-part saga is available within Disney+’s extensive collection of Star Wars movies and series including The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams joined forces once again to deliver Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the thrilling climactic chapter in the Skywalker saga, bringing the heroic struggle to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy to an epic, resounding conclusion.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker joins Disney+’s May the 4th line-up including the premiere of the eight-episode documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, and the series finale of the award-winning animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In addition to new content offerings, Disney+ will also honor the artistry of Star Wars with a week-long concept art takeover on the service. Like a commemorative gallery, each film and series’ artwork will be updated on May 4th to feature its original concept paintings. From Star Wars: 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 the Disney+ home screen, the animated Star Wars brand tile, viewable on web and connected TV devices, gets upgraded with a new animation that honors the signature hyperspace jump.
Featured image: Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Courtesy Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Studios