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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes to Disney Plus on May the 4th

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Star Wars section of Disney+ (Image credit: Disney)

What you need to know

  • Disney+ completes the Skywalker Saga with The Rise of Skywalker joining its library on May 4 for subscribers in the US and several other countries.
  • May the 4th, an unofficial Star Wars holiday, is already set for the finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the premiere of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.
  • The title art for each of the Star Wars films and series will also be replaced with original concept art for a week starting on May the Fourth.

May the Fourth was shaping up as a bittersweet day for Star Wars fans, it's the day that Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuts its finale episodes and finally ends for good. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready! To help us get over the sorrow of Order 66 and the takeover of by the Empire, Disney+ is bringing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to the service on Star Wars Day as well.

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This film will be coming to most current Disney+ countries on May the Fourth. It will be coming to the Netherlands on May 5 because of a local holiday, and Disney+ France has not tweeted the announcement video, which points to the film not debuting in France yet — which isn't a surprise given France's media laws surrounding theatrical films and streaming services. This now makes Solo the lone Star Wars movie not on Disney+ in the U.S., but it will arrive July 9, 2020.

If you haven't seen how the saga ends — like me, who was too busy to see it in December — this is the movie that is supposed to wrap up a story 40 years in the making, crossing three generations and enamoring millions of fans and spawning whole legions of both casual and super fans — like the 501st Legion. Star Wars has changed fan culture and movie-making forever, and it inspired generations of nerds to build, create, and explore.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

7 Comments
  • Can't wait to actually it.
  • Cool, hopefully it's better than the last Jedi. Watched that a couple of weeks ago and was pretty bored by it. Solo isn't on the US Disney plus? It's on the UK one... Haven't seen it though because meh.
  • It's coming on July 9th. Because of prior licencing deals the movie was late into coming to Disney Plus. If you actually do a search in the app or the website you'll get the trailer and can set up a notification when it's available for streaming. To be honest you are not missing much. It's a mess....it looks like two kinds of movies because Lord and Miller had pretty much finished principal photography, but then they were fired and Ron Howard was brought on last minute and re-shot about 70% of the movie. Don't think that helped much. It's not as godawful as the abomination of "The Last Jedi" was, it's a movies I've learned to tolerate... Can't compare it to "The Rise Of Skywalker", because I haven't seen that one and never will. Of course this is just my opinion, nothing more...
  • Yeah I heard about the drama surrounding Solo. I never liked Han Solo in the first place so wasn.'t very interested to start with, so when i heard it was a total shirt show I decided to not bother. Rogue one and the mandalorian are good, the force awakens was decent, although quite stupid and I found most of the new characters totally forgettable. The last Jedi should've been an hour shorter. Bad as they were in many ways, even the prequels weren't that dull.
  • Solo isn't good by Star Wars standards, but as a standalone movie, it's a decent B-rated heist movie.
  • I didn't think The Last Jedi was as bad as everyone thought, but I certainly was in no rush to see this. But it'll be a good watch for lockdown on 4th May.
  • "The Rise Of Skywalker" is not something I'd bee too keen to advertise. Yikes...and no thanks...