How does Star Wars: Rogue One fit around A New Hope? We analyse Episode 4's opening crawl

Making a prequel can be hard, but making a Star Wars sequel prequel spin-off anthology movie is... something else. Luckily, Gareth Edwards was more than up to the task with Star Wars: Rogue One (opens in new tab).

We already know that Rogue One ends 10 minutes before the start of A New Hope (opens in new tab), but given its close proximity timeline-wise, how has Edwards managed to fit it around the original 1977 Star Wars movie? We've analysed the source material for Rogue One - Episode 4's opening crawl - to try and find out. 

Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in the UK on December 15 and the US on December 16.

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Lauren O'Callaghan is the former Entertainment Editor of GamesRadar+. You'd typically find Lauren writing features and reviews about the latest and greatest in pop culture and entertainment, and assisting the teams at Total Film and SFX to bring their excellent content onto GamesRadar+. Lauren is now the digital marketing manager at the National Trust.