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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already breaking ground as the first stand-alone film for the property — and it’s likely going to differentiate itself in one key way.
On Friday, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy addressed speculation that the movie will not include the trademark opening crawl that has made Star Wars films instantly recognizable since the opening frame of 1977’s Star Wars.
“You know, we’re in the midst of talking about it, but I don’t think these films will have an opening crawl,” Kennedy told ET Online at Star Was Celebration Europe in London. “I think that’s what we kind of telegraphed at the beginning of the event today.”
Rogue One, which takes place shortly before Episode IV, tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the plans for the Death Star. Appropriately so, the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe opened with the crawl from A New Hope being fast forwarded to reveal the logo for Rogue One.
Rogue One director Gareth Edwards also addressed speculation about the crawl, noting to ET Online the very premise for his film originated from the text of the New Hope crawl.
“There’s this feeling that if we did a crawl, then it’ll create another movie. And so the honest answer is you’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
The only other stand-alone film Disney and Lucasfilm have announced is a young Han Solo film set for 2018. If there’s no opening crawl for Rogue One, it’s hard to imagine that the pic focusing on the brash young smuggler and Millennium Falcon captain will get one.
The 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which launched the TV show of the same name and earned more than $68 million at the box office worldwide, also featured no opening crawl.
As a refresher, here’s the opening-crawl text for A New Hope:
It is a period of civil war.
Rebel spaceships, striking
from a hidden base, have won
their first victory against
the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, Rebel
spies managed to steal secret
plans to the Empire’s
ultimate weapon, the DEATH
STAR, an armored space
station with enough power
to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire’s
sinister agents, Princess
Leia races home aboard her
starship, custodian of the
stolen plans that can save her
people and restore
freedom to the galaxy….
Rogue One: A Star Wars story is set to open Dec. 16.
July 17, 5:40 p.m.: Updated to include that the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars also did not include an opening crawl.
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