Simon Pegg was presumably over the moon when he was cast in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. As a massive science fiction fan, he could probably think of nothing better than jumping into a Star Fleet uniform. That is, until, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens was announced.
Although Pegg is clearly a Trekkie (he's writing Star Trek 3 after all), anyone even faintly acquainted with his career will know his first true love is that other science fiction franchise with 'Star' in the title. When we heard that Pegg's friend and former Star Trek director had been given the job of directing the new Star Wars, it really did seem like a matter of time before we heard Pegg had been cast.
However, that announcement never came. Instead, rumors abounded that Pegg would actually only play a small cameo. Rumors, it seemed, that later turned out to be true.
At the Star Wars panel at Comic-Con, Abrams showed off a special behind-the-scenes showreel which featured the constantly beaming face of Pegg. So it looks like he will be in Star Wars after all, although you may not recognize him. The video reveals Pegg may be appearing as some kind of alien as he is shown in a costume sans helmet. I'm sure he's infinitely pleased, but what's even better is it still leaves open the possibility of other roles for Pegg in the Star Wars universe. Check out the video below:
As mentioned above, Pegg has consistently referenced Star Wars in his comedy career, both in the Greg Mottola film Paul and his seminal early 2000s comedy series Spaced. Let's take a look at some of Pegg's Star Wars moments.
In Spaced, Pegg plays Tim, a similarly sci-fi obsessed nerd who become heartbroken and despondent regarding Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. This fact (which was actually shared by the real Pegg) is made even more hilarious when you realize Peter Serafinowicz, who also appears in Spaced, actually provided the voice of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. Check out nearly all the Star Wars references in Spaced below:
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His hatred for The Phantom Menace was something which later came up in this interview with MTV's Josh Horowitz:
While on the set of Paul in 2009, Pegg and his long-standing best chum and comedy partner Nick Frost decided to do a shot-for-shot remake of a famous Star Wars scene for College Humor. This was their result: