"Rogue One" definitely deserves its name — it's going rogue in that it will be the first "Star Wars" movie not to feature an opening title crawl.
Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the first "Star Wars" standalone movie will open in a style more typical to its genre, which she described as a World War II adventure film. "We felt that's so indicative of what those saga films are," she told Variety. "Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title."
All seven previous "Star Wars" films have opened with the expositional crawl, which starts with the famous words: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."
It makes sense that Lucasfilm would want to make the standalone movies distinct from the Skywalker sagas, and also have each one maintain the feel of its genre. Speaking of which, Kennedy also detailed the toned of the untitled Han Solo standalone film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford's iconic character. The movie will be directed Chris Miller and Phil Lord ("The Lego Movie").
"This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel," she said. "We've talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film."
"Rogue One" opens in theaters Dec. 17. The untitled Han Solo movie is set to open May 25, 2018.
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