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Star Wars spin-off writer has a science question for Neil deGrasse Tyson

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The Star Wars movies have never been too concerned with the “science” half of science-fiction, but that might be changing, ever so slightly, for Rogue One, the first of the franchise’s new Anthology series of spin-offs.

Chris Weitz (Cinderella), who’s writing the script for director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), has tweeted out an S.O.S. to the host of Cosmos and Star Talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The astrophysicist has yet to publicly respond to Weitz’s tweet—EW can’t confirm whether this has something to do with Tyson’s Star Trek loyalty—but we will keep an eye on the accounts.

The fact that Weitz is looking for some actual science to help inform the Star Wars movie he’s writing might seem like a small detail, but for fans, it’s an interesting tidbit about the still-mysterious film. Edwards, when he appeared at Star Wars Celebration, said that the story—which follows a group of rebels out to steal the plans for the first Death Star—would put the “war” back into the series. Considering its militaristic plot and an apparent interest in real science, these elements could indicate a slightly grittier tale than what fans have seen before.

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