At this year’s Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may not feature the franchise’s famous opening crawl. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight (via IGN) at the convention, Kathleen said the crawl probably won’t be featured in the standalone Star Wars movies outside the mainline trilogy.
“You know, we’re in the midst of talking about it, but I don’t think these films will have an opening crawl.”
If this is the case, it will certainly be a first for the franchise. The panel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began with an interrupted opening crawl of A New Hope to the sounds of hectic war zone conflict, no doubt indicating the different direction the film is taking. Maybe it was also a sign of the movie not featuring a title crawl of its own.
Rogue One director Gareth Edwards also chipped in on the matter during the convention, albeit very hastily.
“I think basically there’s a lot of things that I probably can’t talk about, is probably the safest way to answer that. The idea is this film is supposed to be different than the saga films…the whole crawl of it all – it’s funny people are fascinated on that.”
It appears then that the film may indeed not feature an opening crawl, which will not doubt be very jarring for Star Wars fans. Following the first teaser trailer for Rogue One, it was clear the movie was adopting a different tone compared to its predecessors, aiming to capture the gritty nature of conflict. That being said, it’s a Star Wars movie, it’s just got to have an opening crawl, right?
This year’s Star Wars Celebration came to a close on Sunday with the closing ceremony, wrapping up three days of non-stop Star Wars goodness. We were given a behind-the-scenes look at Rogue One, a trailer for season three of Rebels, and panels containing the franchise’s beloved stars. Mark Hamill entertained 4,000 to kick off Celebration, Ray Park gave insight into Darth Maul’s original death, whilst Carrie Fisher let slip when we’ll be seeing Han Solo’s funeral. Next year’s Celebration will take place in Orlando.