Walt Disney Pictures has issued a warning about its film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
“The film contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy,” the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
“We thank Disney for reaching out to us and proactively providing information to movie theatres and moviegoers in advance of the movie’s release. If you or someone you know are sensitive to lights, please consider the following as you make plans to watch the movie:
- Ask a friend to watch the movie first
- Take your friend with you when you go see the film to alert you to which scenes contain the flashing lights so you block your eyes during those scenes
- Teach your friend the three simple steps of seizure first aid — Stay, Safe, Side — so that they can assist if you have a seizure
“For about 3% of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it’s more common in children and adolescents,” the Epilepsy Foundation of America added.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, produced, co-written, and directed by J.J. Abrams, is the third instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The new film features Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd and Mark Hamill.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will have its world premiere in Los Angeles on 16 December and will be released globally from December 18. It is released in Australia and the UK on December 19, in India, the Philippines (limited) and the US on 20 December.
In the US it is projected to earn a US$200 million domestic opening weekend at the box office.