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‘ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY’ Will Likely Not Have an Opening Crawl

A few weeks back, IT WAS BROUGHT INTO QUESTION whether or not ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, the first STAR WARS anthology picture, would feature the standard text crawl that the main saga made so iconic. At the time, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy did not want to commit to an answer, but the more they spoke about it, the more it seemed as though they’d be going in a different direction.

Conversations seemed to have continued behind closed doors over at Lucasfilm, and while Kennedy still seems reticent to commit to an answer, it sounds an awful lot like ROGUE ONE — not to mention the rest of the anthology films — won’t be featuring an opening crawl. Here’s what Kennedy had to say when speaking to Entertainment Tonight at last week’s STAR WARS Celebration.

“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.”

By “telegraph,” it seems like Kennedy is referring to a video that aired during the Celebration, which has leaked online. In it, we start with the NEW HOPE text crawl, and when the part having to do with ROGUE ONE reaches the screen, the text tilts up, and sounds go haywire. But don’t take my word for it. Take a look below!

ROGUE ONE director Gareth Edwards seemed to share Kennedy’s sentiments — that these anthology films are supposed to be different — but also left things a bit more open-ended than Kennedy.

“The idea is that this film is supposed to be different from the saga films. This film is born out of a crawl…and this is feeling like, if we do a crawl, then it will create another movie. And so, the honest answer is, you’ll have to wait and see and pray.” 

Do you think ROGUE ONE should have an opening crawl? Let us know your thoughts down below!

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

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