Pegg, Johnson Play It Vague On “Star Wars”

During press rounds at Comic Con, actor Benedict Cumberbatch let slip a comment that didn’t confirm but did seem to suggest that rumors of actor Simon Pegg making a small appearance in “Star Wars: Episode VII” are true.

Speaking with Vulture, Pegg was asked about this and said he won’t be seen on screen. He uses his wording very carefully though, in such a way that it now has people thinking he’ll have a voice role:

“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.”

When asked outright if he wasn’t in the film, he smiled and said:

“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.”

In related news, filmmaker Rian Johnson has dropped some comments about his work as writer/director of “Star Wars: Episode VIII”. Unsurprisingly, they’re mostly vague and/or jokes with the sworn to secrecy filmmaker telling Filmspotting: “With these films, I am trying to harken back to the original ‘Star Wars’ …. Christmas special. We have Jefferson Starship.”

When asked about how he got hired for the gig, he similarly joked: “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.”