As you know, Lucasfilm made the decision not to include the iconic Star Wars opening crawl in their standalone Star Wars Story films. The opening crawl is being reserved for the saga movies. I’m completely ok with that, and it didn’t bug me at all that it wasn’t included in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Some fans were bugged, though, and I can understand that because it’s such an iconic Star Wars staple. Even the creator of the opening crawl, Dan Perri, recently said that leaving it out was a “huge mistake.” He told THR:

“Frankly, it is a huge mistake, because the image is so iconic and it’s so important to tens of millions, hundreds of millions of fans. I couldn’t imagine it starting without that. It’s foolish.”

Well, for those of you who wanted an opening crawl for Rogue One, we have one for you to watch that was created by a fan named Andrew Shackley, who said:

“When I was formulating the crawl, I needed it to do two things. It was important for it to conform to the pulpy style and language of the series, and it needed to contextualize the action we were about to see.”

I liked what he came up with, and I think it works perfectly for the film. It reads:

The Jedi are all but extinct, the Republic has fallen and in their wake, the Galactic Empire has engulfed the far reaches of the galaxy in fear. Persecuted members of the Old Republic have been thrust into hiding. Only members of the REBEL ALLIANCE dare take a stand against the ruthless Imperial forces. Deep in the Outer Rim territories, the dastardly Director Krennic has discovered the location of a long lost friend; one capable of completing the Empire’s most powerful weapon yet…

Now, watch it play out in the video below from THR:


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