Wedge Antilles didn't get to be in Rogue One for one very simple reason

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May 3, 2017, 11:11 AM EDT (Updated)

We've talked a lot over the last six weeks about all the cameos and Easter eggs packed into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and we'll likely talk even more when we all have Blu-rays to freeze-frame over and over. The film gave us everything from Star Wars Rebels' droid Chopper to a direct connection to Princess Leia's journey in A New Hope.

Poring over all of these nods to Star Wars lore is fascinating, but sometimes it's just as fascinating to ponder what we didn't see.

For instance, think about all of the X-Wing pilots from the Death Star trench run who made an appearance at the Battle of Scarif. Notice anyone conspicuously absent from that group?

Thats right: Wedge Antilles, the crack pilot who would later prove to be a hero in the battle to destroy the second Death Star. Wedge was one of the Rebellion's best pilots, so why wasn't he in Red Squadron at Scarif? The answer is simple: His first reaction to the Death Star in A New Hope meant that he'd never seen it before, according to Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo.

So Wedge had to sit Scarif out, and while that's kind of a bummer if you were rooting for as many cameos as possible, it's heartening when you realize the attention to detail it takes to preserve little bits of continuity like that. It's just a tidbit, but I expect it's not the last we'll hear about Rogue One's Easter egg process.