IGN Middle East reports that Simon Pegg, who portrayed Scotty in Abrams's "Trek" films, is "playing a secret role" in "Episode VII," and was on the film's Abu Dhabi set to shoot some scenes. Naturally, no other information -- including who Pegg's character might be, or how long the actor was on set -- was available.
So what do we make of this rumor? It's hard to say. After all, IGN admits that Pegg himself quashed similar rumors before, pointing to a statement the actor made to The Independent late last year.
"I don't think it would be appropriate for me to be in it, to be honest," Pegg told the paper at the time. "I think J.J. should cast new faces with no stunt casting."
But then again, Pegg is an avowed "Star Wars" fan, and his relationship with Abrams would make it easy for him to make a quick appearance in the film without drawing too much notice. Maybe this mystery role is just a small cameo, or perhaps even a background or heavily disguised character?
It seems audiences will just have to wait until Pegg or Abrams addresses the issue. That, or feverishly scan the crowd scenes for Pegg's mug once "Episode VII" debuts.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
[via IGN Middle East, h/t First Showing]
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