It Looks Like ‘Rogue One’ Won’t Have an Opening Crawl
When the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel opened at Star Wars Celebration last weekend, it did so with this video, in which the classic opening crawl from Star Wars began to glitch and sputter and then shifted in space. The words flew toward the camera and revealed the full Rogue One logo title treatment, as seen below:
The clip cleverly plays with one of the big questions around Rogue One, the first in what Lucasfilm executives repeatedly referred to over the weekend as “standalone movies” in the Star Wars universe (versus the “saga” films like The Force Awakens and the six previous episodes): Will Rogue One have an opening crawl? In an interview with Entertainment Tonight from Star Wars Celebration, Kathleen Kennedy had this to say:
You know, we're in the midst of talking about it, but I don't think these films will have an opening crawl. I think that's what we kind of telegraphed at the beginning of the event today.
It’s not 100 percent confirmation, but it definitely suggests that Rogue One (and the untitled Han Solo movie, and whatever standalone Star Wars follow) will not have the iconic Star Wars text crawl we all know and love, and even expect from a Star Wars film. That will be a huge break from tradition, albeit an understandable one. And it will make it clear that there is a difference between the man Episodes and these other movies (something Kennedy also said last weekend they’ve recently realized they need to do a better job explaining). Still, it’s going to feel mighty weird going to a Star Wars movie and not have it open the way we expect. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on December 16.