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How to watch Rise of Skywalker online: stream the new Star Wars movie on Disney Plus

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The latest Star Wars movie, Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker, dropped early this year, after its digital release was brought forward due to the coronavirus lockdown. It's now come to the Disney Plus streaming service, which means it's easier than ever to stream the new Star Wars movie. Let's get to it -  here's how to watch Rise of Skywalker online today.

Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker cheat sheet

Released: 2019

Director: J.J. Abrams

Cast (credits order): Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Issac

Rating (US/UK): PG-13 / 12A

Watch now: Disney Plus

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't already watched the first two movies in the Star Wars sequel trilogy - The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi - then some serious spoilers lurk below. Scroll past this section for a completely spoiler-free global guide to watching Rise of Skywalker online.

Of course, there are numerous theories on the best way to watch Star Wars movies in order, but for most people Rise of Skywalker represents the last film in the iconic franchise. 

It kicks-off with the news (as heavily suggested by its trailers) that Emperor Palpatine is still alive. Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Issac) subsequently lead the Resistance as it looks to stop the First Order and Palpatine from establishing a new Empire, while the emotional heartbeat and turning point of the film lies in the dramatic showdown between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver).

Released in 2019 and directed by J.J. Abrams, the final Star Wars movie was a $1bn smash hit at the box office - and having been made available for on-demand streaming early due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's now landed on Disney Plus, where it sits alongside the rest of the Star Wars catalogue.  

Thinking of checking out Disney Plus? It's well worth it and will allow you to watch Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker online, among its heaps of great content.

How to watch Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker online 

To mark Star Wars Day 2020 (May the 4th...geddit?), Disney is releasing Rise of Skywalker on to Disney Plus, where it will complete the streaming service's galactic catalogue. 

Disney Plus is great value, as for just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year, you get an A-grade content lineup that includes every episode of The Simpsons (ever!), all the Marvel movies, and now a complete collection of Star Wars films - plus the full Pixar canon. 

Disney Plus is available in a number of major markets including the US, UK and Australia - and all three are getting the new Star Wars film. Check out Disney Plus today.