'Solo' Official Runtime Has a Creepy 'Force Awakens' Connection


It turns out that the beginning of Han Solo’s cinematic life will be the exact same length as his final outing. The official runtime for Solo: A Star Wars story has been released by the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s the exact same length as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You know, the movie in which Han Solo got stabbed to death.

On Thursday, the official website for the Cannes Film Festival posted the runtime of Solo at 2 hours and 15 minutes. This runs contrary to the runtime listed on Google back in January that suggested the film was 2 hours and 23 minutes. It also means that Solo is the same length as The Force Awakens. It’s obviously an accident that the first and last Star Wars movies to feature Han Solo are the exact same length, but it’s still a little weird.

To put it in context, this makes Solo a full 17 minutes shorter than Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which clocked in at 2 hours and 32 minutes, which easily made it the longest Star Wars movie ever. For reference, here’s how the Solo runtime stacks up against all the previous films in the saga.

A New Hope: 125 minutes (2 hours and 5 mins)
The Empire Strikes Back: 127 minutes (2 hours and 7 minutes)
Return of the Jedi: 136 minutes (2 hours and 16 minutes)
The Phantom Menace: 136 minutes (2 hours and 16 minutes)
Attack of the Clones: 142 minutes (2 hours and 22 minutes)
Revenge of the Sith: 140 minutes (2 hours and 20 minutes)
The Force Awakens: 135 minutes (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Rogue One: 133 minutes (2 hours and 13 minutes)
The Last Jedi: 152 minutes (2 hours and 32 minutes)
Solo: Star Wars Story: 135 minutes (2 hours and 15 minutes)

As previously reported, Solo will hit Cannes on May 15, a full 10 days before it hits theaters everywhere on May 25.