Star Wars: Disney issues epilepsy warning for The Rise Of Skywalker

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Disney sends a letter to cinema owners, alerting them to sequences in the upcoming Star Wars movie.

With the film expected to do an awful lot of business when it’s released in under two weeks, Disney is deep into the promotional campaign for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. But it’s taking the very unusual step of issuing a warning in advance of the film’s release.

The studio has issued a warning to cinema owners across the planet, alerting them that the final cut of the film has scenes and sequences of flashing lights that could “affect those with photosensitive epilepsy”.

The studio’s letter to studios – as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter – notes:

Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that you provide at your venue box office and online, and at other appropriate places where your customers will see it, a notice containing the following information: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or have other photosensitivities

The details of the sequences concerned, as you might expect, are being kept under wraps, as the studio continues to protect cinemagoers from spoilers. But it’s hard to recall a studio ever issuing such a useful and direct warning ahead of the release of such a big film.

The movie arrives in cinemas in the UK on December 19th, one day ahead of its US bow.

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