In a few short weeks, audiences across the country will finally get to watch Star Trek Into Darkness. The release of the film will usher in a new era, not only for Star Trek, but for Star Wars too. After the Star Trek sequel comes out, J.J. Abrams will embark on a new journey to bring Star Wars: Episode VII to life. The video above features Abrams having a discussion with Star Trek Into Darkness star Simon Pegg on the impact Star Wars had on their lives, and the big differences between Star Trek and Star Wars.
I grew up with the Star Wars franchise already in place in pop culture. There was never a time in my life when Star Wars was not a giant force (no pun intended). It’s always interesting to hear reactions to Star Wars from people from an older generation, like J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg. When they were growing up in the ’70s, Star Wars was a surprising pop culture phenomenon like no one had ever seen before its release.
It’s also interesting to watch Abrams talk about how he couldn’t get into Star Trek when he was a child, so while he was making the Star Trek reboot films, he would always question why certain elements were important instead of accepting them as a fan would. Although Abrams was a Star Wars fan growing up, it will be interesting to see if he will take the same approach while making Episode VII.
As for Simon Pegg, considering his relationship with J.J. Abrams and his undying love for Star Wars, it will be very hard to imagine him not being being involved somehow in Star Wars: Episode VII. Pegg’s last comment about “The Further Adventures of Jar-Jar Binks” at the tail end of the video, and Abrams’ reaction to it, is just priceless.
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 17th, in 3D and IMAX. Watch Simon Pegg’s The Phantom Menace rant from Spaced below: