As we get closer and closer to the production start of Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s just a matter of time until J.J. Abrams starts introducing the cast for the newest Star Wars movie. So far we’ve heard rumors involving Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but nothing has been made official yet. Considering the director’s history, Abrams might turn to some of his regular cast of actors for the film, including Keri Russell or Josh Holloway, but there’s one Abrams regular who doesn’t want to appear in the new Star Wars film, in spite of his love for both Abrams and George Lucas’ franchise. Simon Pegg would rather experience the new Star Wars installment for the first time in the theater, just like the rest of us.
In an interview with the Australian website The Age, actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were discussing their latest film, The World’s End, when the subject of Episode VII came up. Pegg worked with Abrams on the first Star Trek reboot in 2009 and this year’s sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. Both Pegg and Frost are also devoted fans of the Star Wars franchise, so you’d think the new sequel would be a perfect fit for the two actors, but they don’t see it that way at all:
‘I don’t want to be in Star Wars, I think it would spoil it,’ Pegg says.
‘When I saw Star Wars when I was a kid, I saw a bunch of people I’d never seen before with some lofty, very respectable older actors in senior roles. I would hope J.J. doesn’t stunt-cast the film. It would be great to get some new peeps in it, it would be amazing.’
Frost agrees: ‘I’d like to sit back as a punter and see what’s going to come from J.J.’s mind.’
Let’s hope that Abrams doesn’t resort to stunt casting to fill roles in the newest Star Wars movie. It would make sense from a fan point of view not to be in the latest Star Wars movie, if you think it might ruin your experience in watching the film for the first time. It also might be unsettling for some to see Scotty in the new Star Wars movie. There are already enough people out there who aren’t happy that the Star Trek director is now in charge of te new Star Wars movie as well. You don’t want to “feed the trolls” in that respect.
It seems like the only certain picks for the cast of Episode VII are Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. Although Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to confirm their involvement in the project, it’s almost a foregone conclusion, considering George Lucas said that was the plan from the start.
There are about four or five months between now and the start of production on Star Wars: Episode VII, which is scheduled for early 2014 in London, England. Until then, almost every actor in Hollywood wants to get a chance to be in this latest installment of the iconic and highly profitable film franchise. Let’s just hope J.J. Abrams picks the right actors for the film. We wouldn’t want another Hayden Christensen (or Jake Lloyd) on our hands.