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Star Wars: Rogue One’s screen crawl DOES exist (but we’re probably never going to see it)

That’s right. In a first draft far, far away Star Wars: Rogue One had the iconic screen crawl that was so sorely missing from the opening moments of Gareth Edwards’ movie. Don’t worry though, the director has a bombproof way of tracking down the absent opening crawl – we just need NASA’s help…

Having being asked on Reddit’s AMA just what an opening crawl in Rogue One would say, Gareth Edwards responded by mentioning that screenwriter Gary Whitta “wrote one in the first draft.”

It exists. So, how do we see it? Unfortunately, Edwards’ method was more playful than serious: “We just have to fund NASA well enough so their deep-space telescopes can find them, let’s crowd fund it and make it happen.”

Kickstarter for a giant opening crawl-finding telescope, anyone? It’s not the craziest thing ever put into space…

Image: Lucasfilm/ILM

Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.