“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was the first film to branch off from the legendary saga and tell a tale set in the “Star Wars” universe with all-new characters. One of the major (and controversial) ways “Rogue One” set itself apart from the traditional “Star Wars” movies was to be the first film in the franchise to not utilize an opening crawl sequence.
It turns out that the original plan actually included a crawl. According to a recent Reddit AMA with director Gareth Edwards, not only was the crawl planned, it was actually written by “Rogue One” scribe Gary Whitta. It doesn’t sound as though it was ever animated, as Edwards told a redditor, “You’ll have to pester [Whitta] for it 😉 …I do believe that those opening crawl words are actually floating out there in space somewhere. We just have to fund NASA well enough so their deep-space telescopes can find them, lets crowd fund it and make it happen.”
Set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” “Rogue One” follows a ragtag group of Rebels who undertake the dangerous mission to steal the design plans for the Galactic Empire’s planet-destroying new superweapon, the Death Star.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” releases digitally on March 24, while the Blu-ray and DVD combination bundle will be available April 4.