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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ issues a rare warning for viewers ahead of film’s release

The epilepsy warning may shed light on the film’s plot, too

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A still from “The Rise of Skywalker.”

A still from “The Rise of Skywalker.”

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Disney issued a new warning to movie theaters nationwide to attach with any promotion of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Details: The warning says “Rise of Skywalker” could hurt those with photosensitive epilepsy.

  • Disney worked with the Epilepsy Foundation to create the warnings for moviegoers.
  • Disney did not release details about the scenes related to the warning.

The letter: Disney released a letter to theaters nationwide with the warning:

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.

Another letter: The Epilepsy Foundation released a letter with tips for how to take care of your friends who may see the film and have sensitivity to light, per The Wrap.

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.