Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
UPDATE: We can now confirm Simon Pegg will indeed be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — but as we speculated earlier, his face won’t be. A behind-the-scenes reel shown at Comic-Con 2015 showed Pegg on set, and wearing an alien costume without the head. So we’ll definitely see him in the movie, but we likely won’t be able to recognize him. It’s not even clear if we’ll hear his voice.
The original story from July 29, 2014 follows.
Simon Pegg won’t appear in Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be part of the film in some other way. In a recent interview, Pegg continued to say what he’s always said about the film. He’s a huge fan, he’s friends with writer director J.J. Abrams, he’s visited the set, but him appearing would take people out of the movie. So he continues to say he won’t be on screen in Episode VII. But he also won’t, and hasn’t, said that he’s not in the movie at all, which is now leading to speculation the Shaun of the Dead actor might provide some kind of voice or performance capture where his face wouldn’t be an issue.
Follow the Simon Pegg Star Wars mystery below.
This latest round of Simon Pegg Star Wars talk began at Comic Con where Benedict Cumberbatch spoke to MTV.
If you don’t want to watch the video, here’s the quote. Cumberbatch was asked if he and J.J. Abrams discussed him being in Star Wars and if it came close.
J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly. But 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.
Cumberbatch also didn’t rule out never being in any Star Wars film, he’s just not in this one.
Back to Pegg though, those comments make it sound like he’s in the movie, right? So Vulture asked Pegg about them directly. He acknowledged that Cumberbatch said the above thing and added this:
Well, 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. 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.
That’s not an answer. So the report followed up directly, “So you’re not in the movie?” His response, quoted from their site.
[Smiles.] Of course I visited the set. 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.
Again, he specifically avoided answering the question. Why? Two possible reasons. One, he’s in the movie and doesn’t want to lie. Remember Pegg famously denied Kahn was in Star Trek Into Darkness and will never live that down. Or two, because he knows keeping the answer vague results in articles like this one.
As a Star Wars fan, I’d love for Pegg to show up in some small role. The guy is an uber fan, great actor, and he could certainly add something without appearing and taking people out of the movie. Plus, he’s providing a voice for the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars show.
But did he do something for Episode VII? We’ll have to wait an see.
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