Star Wars: Gareth Edwards confirms Rogue One opening scenes

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer

It’s official – there’s no opening crawl in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

And we now know what we’ll see in its place…

It’s been rumoured for some time – that ‘Star Wars: Rogue One; would do away with the iconic opening crawl which sets the scene for every ‘Star Wars’ movie to date. Now we know that ‘Rogue One’ director Gareth Edwards is taking the film in a very different direction.

And it seems we’re getting a flashback.

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During an interview with My TFI (via Star Wars News Net) ‘Rogue One’ director Gareth Edwards confirmed the lack of opening crawl… and offered up some details of what we’ll see in its place.

“There is no opening crawl,” he confirmed. “But there is a prologue at the beginning of the film that takes place 15 years before the action of the film and that is how the action is exposed. Our film comes from the text of episode IV if we give the text, it would be endless. We really had to differentiate Rogue One from the rest of the saga.”

‘Rogue One’ (Photo: Disney/Lucasfilm)

“The more I thought about it the more it was normal not to have this text,” he added. “The temptation as a director is to take the most character from other Star Wars to put them in his film. The film would last 10 hours. We have to make choices. We must cut, it is a universe too rich.”

An interesting twist on the old opening crawls… and with a flashback (presumably to Jyn’s past) it looks as though Edwards is doing things very differently.

What else could he reveal about ‘Rogue One’?

Well, apparently there are ‘technically’ Jedi in the movie (although this could relate to blind force-user Chirrut Imwe) and he also ‘couldn’t answer’ about whether or not Leia and R2-D2 would be in the movie.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

But one thing’s for certain – there’s no opening crawl in ‘Rogue One’.

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ heads to cinemas on 16 December 2016.

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