We’ve got nothing but questions for what direction Gareth Edwards‘s ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ will end up taking when it is released though he’s just shared a bit about the opening sequence for the film. Specifically, he talked about the opening crawl. We’re all familiar with it, the long string of text that starts off each and every Star Wars film.

This could be considered a spoiler for those who want to go in without knowing so I’ll give you just a moment to head back now if you want.

So, when asked about the crawl, here is what Edwards had to say:

“There is no opening crawl. 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.”

When asked if this was a frustrating change he replied:

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

This is one of those areas where I can understand why they are doing it here and that should probably tend to be the case for all of the standalone films now that a direction has been set. Also, assuming the film isn’t riddled with flashbacks, the many shots of a young Jyn being separated from her family in the teasers will all likely take place in the prologue.

Are you looking forward to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’? Do you feel that ditching the standard opening crawl was the way to go? Share your thoughts below!

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

Source: Star Wars News

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