As we know already, Rogue One is breaking with a number of conventions in the Star Wars franchise.
It's the first Star Wars film - we think - not to feature any of the main characters, i.e. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia. Darth Vader, yes, he's in there, but only as basically a cameo. It's the first spin-off film, obviously, and it's now been confirmed that it's the first film not to have an opening crawl.
The opening crawl, for those that don't know, is the yellow text that plays over the main theme at the very start of the film and more or less sets up the general feel of the story. It's a time-honoured tradition in the series, but according to Kathleen Kennedy in a recent interview with Variety, it's not going to happen for Rogue One.
Kennedy described Rogue One as a World War II-style adventure, saying that it " will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title."
As well as discussing Rogue One, Kennedy also shared some insight on the Han Solo standalone movie with Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. "This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel,” explained Kennedy. "We’ve talked about (Frederic) Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film."
The Han Solo standalone film will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who previously did The Lego Movie and 21 and 22 Jump Street.
Back to Rogue One. It's an interesting choice to leave off the opening crawl, but there's been rumours floating around for some time that this was the case. At Star Wars Celebration, they introduced some new footage with a nod to A New Hope's crawl where it focused in on DEATH STAR in the text.
What do you think about it all? Are you excited for Rogue One? Let us know what you think in the comments!