So, will we see Simon Pegg in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” or what?
That’s the question we’ve been left with after our interview with Benedict Cumberbatch at San Diego Comic-Con. During our chat, the “Penguins of Madagascar” voice actor made an off-handed comment that seemed to indicate Pegg’s involvement in J.J. Abrams’ all-new “Star Wars” movie, saying:
“I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known, and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg — and who can blame him, frankly — it made sense not to do it.”
The phrase “continuing use of Simon Pegg” caught our eye, as it suggested that Pegg will continue to be used in Abrams’ next film. Furthermore, we already know Pegg has visited the “Star Wars” set. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire; does all this add up to Pegg having a role in the far, far-away galaxy?
For his part, Pegg won’t confirm or deny — but when New York Magazine’s Vulture floated the question his way, Pegg gave a very interesting answer.
“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in ’Star Wars’ would pop people out of the movie,” he said. “Look, I love ’Star Wars,’ and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.”
Vulture followed up by directly asking if he’s not in the movie.
“Of course I visited the set,” he replied with a smile. “It’s amazing, and I love ’Star Wars.’ I want to see everything happening. It looks wonderful, and you need to believe those characters. Any type of stunt casting might just pop you out of the movie.”
Pegg’s evasion of the question only raises the eyebrows higher. He keeps mentioning that seeing his face would take you out of the movie, but what if it’s as Vulture suggests, and Pegg is featured in heavy makeup or disguise? Or what if he’s simply lending his voice to a character?
Either way, the question of Pegg’s involvement in “Star Wars” remains open — but more and more, we’re thinking the answer is yes.
Do you think Pegg is in the next “Star Wars” movie?