One popular element of the “Star Wars” franchise over its 40-year history has been the opening crawl. In fact, one of the major (and controversial) ways “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” set itself apart from the rest of the saga was that it was the first film to eschew the iconic sequence, even though the original plan was to have one.
Although “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begins immediately after the ending of “The Force Awakens,” it will indeed have an opening crawl, which writer/director Rian Johnson confirmed will be three paragraphs long.
“Even if it picks up right where the last one left off, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions about what the state of everything is,” Johnson told MTV News at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. “We were able to fill three paragraphs.”
Perhaps the opening crawl will catch audiences up on the current statuses of Finn, the First Order, and the Resistance. Either way, it should be packed with valuable information to kick off the next installment in the “Star Wars” franchise.
Arriving in theaters Dec. 15, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, and Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern in undisclosed roles.