Have you been wondering if there is an opening crawl in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Well, we now have the answer…
Now that critics have seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we finally have some answers to the general tone and outline of the film. One of the main concerns and questions regarding the film was: Does Rogue One have an opening crawl? The short and simple answer is, no.
From the early critical reviews of Rogue One, we have official confirmation that there is no traditional Star Wars opening crawl at the beginning of the film. However, there is the start of one, with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and then the screen fades to a new scene where a shuttlecraft is approaching the planet where young Jyn Erso is living with her parents Galen and Lyra. And that’s how Rogue One: A Star Wars Story begins.
The real question here is: Does the lack of an opening crawl matter in this instance? Rogue One has always been billed as a standalone Star Wars film, meaning the film does not intertwine with the numbered Star Wars films of the saga. If Rogue One isn’t a regular Star Wars film, then not having an opening crawl shouldn’t matter.
As to whether the absence of an opening crawl will affect the box office success of Rogue One has yet to be seen. But, I would hazard a guess and say that it will have little to no bearing on ticket sales for the film.
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