During a Comic-Con interview with MTV last week, Benedict Cumberbatch hinted that his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Simon Pegg has a mystery role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, adding to the numerous, unconfirmed rumors about this highly-anticipated production. Here's what Benedict Cumberbatch had to say below, when asked if he himself had been seriously considered for a role.
"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."
Naturally, Simon Pegg's role has not been confirmed yet by Disney or LucasFilm, but last night, Vulture caught up with Simon Pegg, who would not confirm nor deny rumors of his Star Wars: Episode VII involvement.
"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."
Since he kept referring to his face "popping out" in the movie, his statement has lead some to believe that he may have some sort of a voice role, or play a character whose face is completely covered by a mask or prosthetics. When asked point-blank if he is not in the movie, Simon Pegg dodged the question like a true J.J. Abrams prodigy.
"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."
Are you convinced that Simon Pegg has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII? It's worth noting that Simon Pegg repeatedly denied claims that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, which turned out to be true. Chime in with your thoughts below.