“Star Wars” fans with epilepsy are being warned about certain sequences in “The Rise of Skywalker”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has sent a letter to movie theatres, advising them to post notices for customers about sequences featuring flashing lights in the new film.
“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,” the letter said.
The studio also sent a letter to the Epilepsy Foundation in order to spread the word to the 3 per cent of people with the condition.
In 2018, Disney faced criticism over scenes with strobing lights in “Incredibles 2”, with audiences and the Epilepsy Foundation calling on them at the time to issue a warning to ticket buyers.
In a statement, the Epilepsy Foundation advised those with epilepsy to:
• 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.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theatres Dec. 20.