I thought I would do something fun and exciting with this piece. While it’s been confirmed that Rogue One will not have an opening crawl, that hasn’t stopped me from holding out hope that Disney could throw us a curve ball and place one in at the very last second. That being said, I found myself pondering that if they DID insert an opening crawl to this movie, what would it say? After all, we have material to go off since this film takes place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
After finishing up the prequel book to Rogue One named Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, I thought now would be a great time to put all of the pieces together and come up with an interesting crawl that would please all Star Wars fans alike. Here was the crawl that I came up with. Cue the opening theme music!
“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
“The Jedi are no more. Many years have past since the devastation from Order 66. Emperor Palpatine rules the galaxy with his apprentice Darth Vader at his side.
The GALACTIC EMPIRE is feared, as oppressed worlds are subjected to Imperial laws. The Empire continues its expansion and is hellbent on finishing their latest project; the DEATH STAR.
As the Death Star nears completion, Director Orson Krennic and his Death Troopers search for the remaining piece that will make the superweapon fully operational….”
How I Came Up With This Opening Crawl
It wasn’t easy that’s for sure. After constantly going through many rewrites, this was the version I was most satisfied with.
Even though that’s A LOT of time in between Episodes III and IV (they’re both roughly nineteen years apart), it still leaves us fans pondering as to what happened during those years. Well, we know that after the events of Episode III, the construction of the Death Star was in its early phases. Also, the Jedi have been obliterated by Order 66. Therefore, the Empire firmly rules the galaxy with no one to rebel against them (at least for the time being).
I also had to take the latest canon novel into consideration because Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel goes into great detail about how the Empire is ruling over the galaxy and is nearing completion on the Death Star. They also have many factories and labs everywhere and many citizens working on secret projects that they themselves are unaware of. The Empire is taking full advantage of these people including the novel’s protagonist; Galen Erso.
Overall, I had to take an educated guess as to what had occurred after the events unfolded in Episode III while also going off of important source material. If you’d like to learn about some of the crucial events that took place BEFORE Rogue One, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of James Luceno’s Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
So that’s the crawl I believe would make an effective opening statement for Rogue One. Do you agree? What would your opening crawl state? I’d love to hear what you all have to say in the comment section below!
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