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Looking for a way to spend Star Wars day while social distancing? The release of Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker will fit the bill perfectly, and it will be here faster than you can say “maclunkey”! 

The Rise of Skywalker will be available for streaming on Disney+ May the Fourth, along with the series finale of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the season premiere of the eight-episode documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.

The news that the final movie in the Skywalker Saga would be arriving on Disney+ two months early was announced on StarWars.com earlier today.

May 4th, or “May the Fourth,” is “Star Wars Day,” the once-unofficial (but increasingly officially acknowledged) holiday celebrating the greatest sci-fi space opera this side of the Kessel Run.

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In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Disney+ has released several movies for streaming earlier than expected. First, Frozen 2 was made available for streaming on March 14th. Then, Pixar’s Onward was released on the platform on April 3rd.

A week later, on April 10th, the Maggie Simpson-starring short that premiered before Onward in theaters, “Playdate with Destiny,” was made available for streaming on Disney+, allowing viewers to recreate the movie theater experience in their own home (just add popcorn).

What Star Wars will you be watching on May the Fourth? Did you catch “Phantom Apprentice” last Friday? Let the Beat know in the comment section!

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