‘Star Wars’ producer explains why ‘Rogue One’ won’t have an iconic opening crawl

It will be the first film in the franchise not to begin with the distinctive slanted rolling captions.

Next month’s Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be the first in the franchise not to have an “opening crawl”.

The distinctive slanted rolling captions have been a hallmark of every Star Wars film from 1977’s A New Hope to last year’s The Force Awakens.

However, the franchise’s producer and head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, has explained that because Rogue One is conceived as a World War II-style adventure, the opening crawl would not feel appropriate.


“We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are,” she told Variety. “Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”

The eagerly-anticipated spin-off film, which stars Felicity Jones as mercenary Jyn Erso, opens in the UK on December 15. It then hits US screens a day later on December 16. Check out the latest photos from the film here.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. It has been confirmed that the film will end 10 minutes before the original 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope begins.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in Disney’s planned “Anthology Series” of spin-off films. The series will continue with the currently untitled Han Solo prequel movie due in 2018.

It was announced in July that rising star Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. A third Anthology Series film will follow in 2020, Disney has since confirmed.


In May, it was reported that Disney had ordered weeks of costly reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood” as right now Rogue One has the “feel of a war movie”.

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