If you’re planning on seeing the upcoming “Star Wars” film, you may want to read this warning.
On Friday, Disney issued a warning asking theaters to warn moviegoers about the visuals and sustained flashing light sequences in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” because it could be dangerous to those with photosensitive epilepsy.
The studio has partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation to inform about the potential risks.
“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,” Disney said in a letter to exhibitors.
The foundation applauded Disney’s proactive efforts.
"We thank Disney for reaching out to us and proactively providing information to movie theaters and moviegoers in advance of the movie’s release," they said in a post.
They continued: “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.
According to the foundation, about 3% of people with epilepsy may suffer from seizures due to flashing lights. Flashing lights could also trigger migraines for anyone with photosensitivity.
Disney did not comment on which particular sequences were cause for concern. .
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters on December 20.