Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Might Be Harmful To Those With Epilepsy, Disney Warns

Disney isn’t taking any chances with their new Star Wars movie.

The Rise of Skywalker, out in cinemas 19 Dec (Thurs), contains scenes that may trigger people suffering from epilepsy.

Disney, with the Epilepsy Foundation, put out a statement on 6 Dec (Fri) advising watchers to be careful when watching the movie, as there are scenes with “sustained flashing lights”.

A scene from the Rise of Skywalker trailer
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These sequences can affect those with photosensitive epilepsy and cause seizures.

Epilepsy Foundation suggests measures & to spread the word

In the statement, the foundation advises those who might be sensitive to lights to do the following:

  • Ask your friends to watch the movie first
  • Watch the movie with a friend and ask them to tell you which scenes have lights
  • Tell your friend on steps to take in case you have a seizure: Stay, Safe, Side.

These steps can help ensure that those with epilepsy will not have to skip the movie.

Unsure as to which scenes have sustained flashing lights

Neither the foundation, nor Disney, pointed out which scenes contain flashing lights, presumably in an effort to avoid spoiling the film.

Therefore, those with epilepsy are recommended to take the steps laid out above to keep themselves safe.

We hope that all viewers can enjoy the movie safely when it’s released.

Featured image adapted from Star Wars.