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 will throw us a curve ball and insert one at the very last second. That being said, I found myself pondering if they did insert an opening crawl to this movie, what would it say? After all, we have some material to work with since this film takes place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
After finishing up the prequel book to Rogue One titled 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 #StarWars fans. Here was the crawl that I came up with. Cue the opening theme music!
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…
“The Jedi are no more. Many years have passed 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 there's a lot of time that passes between the events of Episodes III and IV (roughly nineteen years), it still leaves fans wondering what happened during those years. What we do know for sure: After the events of Episode III, the construction of the Death Star was in its early phases. Also, the #Jedi have been obliterated thanks to the Emperor's Order 66 so 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 handling things as it nears completion on the Death Star. Factories and labs are everywhere as millions of citizens work on various projects, the true natures of which are kept secret from those workers.
Overall, I had to take an educated guess as to what had occurred after the events that 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 say? I’d love to hear what you all have to say in the comment section below!
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