Don’t look now, but there’s another Star Wars movie about to hit theaters.
After the massive success of Episode VII: The Force Awakens from last December, Disney is bringing us their second effort since acquiring the rights and the first major Star Wars film that is NOT an official numbered episode. It’s the first of many planned spinoff movies (including an upcoming young Han Solo film) and for some reason, there has been a bit of a mystery about whether it will include the trademark Star Wars opening crawl.
Disney’s official word has been vague, to say the least, but as we inch closer to the December 16 release date, details are finally starting to leak out. A promotional stop in Mexico shows fans the first 20 minutes of the film, and here’s what is being reported back when it comes to the opening crawl.
Up front the “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” is still there. The movie will then cut to space and the film gets rolling. The opening crawl will not be there as we’ve been hearing for the last year and recently, basically confirmed in the Entertainment Weekly piece.
The movie does have a Rogue One title card. We see the bald-headed Saw Gerrera open a hatch and save young Jyn after the horrible events that change her life forever and then we see the Rogue One logo emblazoned on the screen.
It sounds like that are keeping the traditional opening crawls reserved for official numbered episodes, which means we won’t see another one until Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren return in the currently unnamed Episode VIII, scheduled to hit theaters in December 2017.