Benedict Cumberbatch will probably receive some flak from Star Wars Episode 7 director J. J. Abrams, but I’m thankful for this awesome little leak. While hitting the press rounds earlier today, ye olde Cumberbatch accidentally admitted Simon Pegg, the fan favorite actor of Star Trek and Cornetto Trilogy fame, will have a role in Episode 7. Not such a surprising fact, especially considering Abrams’s propensity for recidivist casting.
Here’s what Cumberbatch said in his statement. He was initially asked if he would appear in Star Wars, to clarify.:
“J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly,” Cumberbatch said when asked if he and Abrams discussed a part in the “Star Wars” franchise. “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.”
I wonder who he could be? If I had to bet money on the matter, which I often do when the UTF staff gathers at our local Bourbon hole, I’d say a droid. Not just any droid, though, but a C-3PO style, human-cyborg-relations, type of bot. Or, he could be a peddler of goods. Nothing like a heavily made-up actor in a minor cameo. Perhaps he’ll hock generators at Mos Eisely’s flea market. Or perhaps a Bantha trader on the outskirts of town.
You know what… Simon Pegg would actually make a killer Imperial Officer. He has the perfect nondescript, WASPy face for a military drone. If Pegg is only cast in a cameo, though, I hope it won’t be as self serving as Dan Pudi’s cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Not that I dislike either that flick or Pudi, but his role was pretty left field.