Star Wars: The Last Jedi is poised to hit any number of benchmarks and shatter all kinds of records (mostly, the box-office kind) when it’s released on December 15, but it’s already surpassed the other entries in the franchise in at least one area—length.
At a recent press conference (via IGN), director Rian Johnson confirmed the runtime. Episode VIII clocks in at a whopping 150 minutes, which is 8 minutes longer than the previous longest-Star-Wars-movie title holder, Attack Of The Clones. The prequels set this extended-length precedent—or maybe they just feel that way—which The Force Awakens and Rogue One were only too happy to follow, since it meant more pew-pewing and rocketing around the galaxy.
The fact that Johnson is helming the longest Star Wars movie either bodes well or poorly for his planned trilogy. We’ll know more when The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.