Just last month, Lucasfilm and Disney executives were trying to decide whether Rogue One, as a stand-alone tale in the Star Wars universe, would begin with the franchise's iconic open crawl. Now it appears that they have found their answer: No. Entertainment Tonight actually got the info:
"You know, we're in the midst of talking about it, but I don't think these films will have an opening crawl," Kennedy said of the possibility that Rogue One would include the familiar Star Wars trope. "I think that's what we kind of telegraphed at the beginning of the event today."
Edwards left the question a bit more up in the air. "I think basically there's a lot of things that I probably can't talk about, is probably the safest way to answer that," he joked. "The idea is this film is supposed to be different than the saga films...the whole crawl of it all — it's funny people are fascinated on that."
People are fascinated by everything Star Wars, Gareth. That's why you just went to a three-day convention devoted solely to the franchise.
The lack of the crawl makes sense, though, and I like the idea that these films will stand apart from the main saga. But it's still going to be very weird to see a Star Wars film that doesn't begin like all seven movies before it.