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Mark Newton

Disney's D23 Expo might not have sired another Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer, but we did gleam some more information for that most highly of anticipated blockbuster titles.

According to, the running time for Star Wars: Episode VII has been released, with J.J. Abrams claiming it will be 124 minutes long - or 2 hours and 4 minutes for anyone (like me) who's terrible at math.

This actually makes Star Wars: Episode VII one of the shortest Star Wars movies thus far, as it only outstretches A New Hope's 121 minutes. However, don't be too disappointed, because 124 minutes is also the exact same running time as The Empire Strikes Back, perhaps proving you can often do more with less. In any case, 2 hours and 4 minutes can hardly be considered a 'short' film, it'll certainly push the limits of my bladder at least.

Check out the latest Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer below

Here's how The Force Awakens fares when compared to the rest of the Star Wars franchise:

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Runtime: 136 min
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Runtime: 142 min
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Runtime: 140 min
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Runtime: 121 min
  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Runtime: 124 min
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Runtime: 134 min

It's also interesting to note that all of the prequel trilogy movies are longer than the original trilogy, perhaps adding some quantitive evidence to suggestions that they were bloated and overly convoluted. In any case, these longer movies are certainly not as universally popular as the original trilogy.

It's also likely The Force Awakens is still bing tinkered with and edited behind-the-scenes, meaning the final running time could change before its eventual release in theaters on December 18.



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