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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker released early on digital platforms

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Stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ride heavy speeders in a desert chase. Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.
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Like Frozen 2 will later this weekend, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker got an early release to digital marketplaces.

The finale to Star Wars’ latest trilogy, which premiered in theaters in December, is available right now, four days before its planned March 17 launch. The Rise of Skywalker is available on Apple TV/iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, and Fandango Now. It’s $19.99, $24.99 in 4K (where available).

Although no announcement accompanied this early launch, Disney noted the coronavirus outbreak, a national emergency which has millions choosing to stay indoors by themselves, as a reason for delivering Frozen 2 three months early. Disney said on Friday that it wanted to give families “some fun and joy during this challenging period.” Frozen 2 had been slated for a June 26 digital launch; it’ll arrive on Sunday, March 15.

Although our review wasn’t sweet on it (and few reviewers were), The Rise of Skywalker is, still, a Star Wars flick. And with the novelization due on shelves on March 17 (warning: spoilers), it might be worth a rewatch in light of the new contexts the book will provide.

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