Rogue One Will Have No Opening Crawl!!

Darth Vader, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jyn Erso

The official review embargo for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will not lift until December 13th: three days before the film’s release.  Skywalker Ranch, this weekend, hosted a 28-minute preview of the film and the thoughts coming out of it sound extremely positive, but also bring a surprise: Rogue One will have no opening crawl.  Not only will there be no opening crawl, there’s no Star Wars logo or fanfare.  The film will go right from the iconic “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” to the film’s opening.  I honestly don’t know how I feel about that, but I’m cruising on a lot of trust in Disney right now.  Other notes included very positive reviews of Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, that Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic is a very different sort of Dark Side villain, and that Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO will steal the film.  I know they have to set the new spin-off films apart, but I don’t know that they needed to go so far as to remove completely the traditional opening.  If anything, I would think the spinoff would need the crawl more to place them in context for casual fans.  But, like I said, Disney’s done no wrong with the franchise since they got it in my eyes, so I’m still locked in on the countdown to Rogue One‘s opening on December 16th.
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