Star Wars: Rogue One Never Had An Opening Crawl

Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo reveals that an opening text crawl was never included in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story script.

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After months of waiting, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has finally arrived, and it seems to be yet another winner for Disney in 2016. The first Star Wars spinoff is poised to have the second-highest box office opening in the history of December (behind only The Force Awakens), and those commercial prospects should only be boosted by the positive critical reception. Many pundits are in agreement that Rogue One is a thrilling, entertaining blockbuster that breaks new creative and aesthetic ground for the beloved franchise - setting the stage for more anthology films in the future.

One of the ways director Gareth Edwards eschewed Star Wars tradition was making Rogue One the first film in the series to not feature an opening text crawl. The previous seven movies all used a crawl as a creative expositional tool to establish the basic context for the narrative. This was an intentional decision on the part of Lucasfilm, as they were looking for ways to differentiate the standalones from the main saga films. Throughout the year, there was a debate on whether or not Rogue One should have a crawl, but from the sound of it, the studio made their minds up early on in development.

Answering a fan question on Twitter, Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo revealed that an opening crawl was never part of the screenplay. The team was open to the possibility as Rogue One came together, but they ultimately determined to go in a different direction: