Though it seems like he won’t be starring in Marvel’s Doctor Strange after all (Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly deep in negotiations instead), “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t going to leave Comic-Con without making a few headlines. The man who played Khan in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness had something to say about his director’s new Star Wars film, and it actually involved his fellow Into Darkness castmate Simon Pegg.
MTV sat down with Cumberbatch at this year’s SDCC, and when the topic of the new Star Wars came up – Cumberbatch was reportedly a contender for a major role early on in the process – the actor implied that all of that speculation about Simon Pegg maybe having a secret role in Star Wars: Episode VII may have been more than just rumors. When asked if he was close to scoring a role in Star Wars, Cumberbatch said:
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.
The phrase “his continuing use of Simon Pegg” may mean nothing more than the fact that Abrams has directed Pegg in Mission: Impossible 3 and the two Star Trek films to date. But couple that comment with what Pegg himself said to Vulture a couple days later, and a picture begins to take shape.
Vulture: Regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent comments about you being on the set of Star Wars, are you in the next movie?
Pegg: Yes, Benedict said something at Comic-Con and on MTV.
Vulture: Yes …
Pegg: 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.
Vulture: So, you’re not in the movie?
Pegg: [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.
So that’s not a denial, and even if he did straight up deny it at this point, I don’t think anyone would believe him. Remember how he denied that Cumberbatch wouldn’t be playing Khan for the better part of a year before that was ultimately revealed to be true? So anyway, it seems to me that we can expect to see Pegg make a small appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII, but it’s not likely that we’ll recognize him. He’ll probably be in so much makeup that we won’t know who he’s playing until after the film comes out and we glance through the credits – he may even be uncredited – but in any case, I’d bet that he’ll be in there in some capacity.
What do you think? Do you agree that seeing Pegg’s face would take audiences out of the movie? Let us know below!
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