Simon Pegg has been pretty adamant about not being in Star Wars: Episode VII. He’s gone on record saying that he doesn’t think JJ Abrams should use any “stunt casting,” and though Pegg has quite a history with the galaxy far, far away, we haven’t heard any whispers or anything about him sneaking in a cameo appearance or being in the new film in any way…until now.
IGN’s Middle Eastern branch reports that Pegg was spotted on the Abu Dhabi set before the production packed up and moved to Pinewood in the UK, and their sources say that he wasn’t just there to visit: he’s actually playing “a secret role in the film.”
This is unconfirmed at this point, but considering it’s an Abrams production and the secrecy he normally goes through to keep things under wraps (including lying directly to press about whether Khan would be in Star Trek Into Darkness), we aren’t going to know the real answer to whether or not Pegg is in this movie until it opens on December 18th, 2015. The only way we’ll know sooner is if Abrams or Pegg comes out and admits it, and if they’re going through all of this trouble for it to be a “secret role,” that doesn’t seem like a likely outcome.
The two have worked together before on Mission: Impossible 3 and the rebooted Star Trek films, and considering Pegg lives in the UK and wouldn’t be too far from the Pinewood shoot, either he’s such a diehard fan that he HAD to fly all the way to freakin’ Abu Dhabi just to see what the set looked like before checking out the Pinewood shoot, or this report is true and he’ll appear in some capacity in the movie. I certainly wouldn’t expect him to show up in a big role if he shows up at all, but considering Abu Dhabi was doubling for Tatooine, maybe he’ll be one of the new players in the Mos Eisley cantina band? Time will tell, but in the meantime, here’s a video from last year of Pegg and Abrams talking about Star Wars:
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