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Simon Pegg Coyly Responds To Star Wars: Episode VII Rumors

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simon pegg star trek into darknessAny time an actor gets questioned about a potential role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, they get incredibly cheeky and put together answers that don’t actually answer the question being asked. And who is going to be cheekier than the hilarious Simon Pegg? An offhand Comic-Con comment by Benedict Cumberbatch, in which the Sherlock actor referred to Abrams’ “continuing use of Simon Pegg,” sparked rumors that the Shaun of the Dead star could be involved in the long-awaited Star Wars sequel. Pegg directly addressed this in a recent interview, and the British actor politely danced around the subject without ever saying, “No.” My money is on him being in this thing. (To be noted, I only have a penny.)

Wryly acknowledging that Cumberbatch did say “something” at Comic-Con, Pegg uses a deliberate choice of words that are full of implications and innuendo, but nothing so concrete. “J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends,” he told Vulture. “I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie.” He then shares his disinterest in people pointing at the screen and saying, “Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face.” He follows that up by calling the film cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Cracks Codes As Alan Turing In The Imitation Game Trailer

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Mathematician and codebreaking genius Alan Turing is the kind of guy who deserved his own theme song, for he is one of the reasons why the world exists as it does today. While there are no Turing-themed ditties in the above first full-length trailer for the historical drama The Imitation Game, there is more than enough drama and overwrought emotion to make this pic look like instant Oscar bait. Extremely predictable Oscar bait, but still.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Complains About That Awkward Star Trek Into Darkness Shower Scene

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It’s rough out there for a sex symbol. As much as fame has its advantages, I imagine the process of stripping off your clothes for a streamy scene or photoshoot has got to be awkward as hell even for the most uninhibited stars. How much more frustrating would it be to do a zillion pushups and eat nothing but rice cakes, only to have that big skin debut left on the cutting-room floor? Such was the fate that befell Star Trek Into DarknessBenedict Cumberbatch, who shot a brief, broody shower scene for the Trek sequel that didn’t make the final cut. But then, as if to add insult to injury, director J.J. Abrams instead premiered the shower scene on Conan O’Brien’s show this past May. This past week Cumberbatch himself visited Conan, and he took the chance for a bit of good-natured self-mockery and more razzing on J.J.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Defends Star Trek Into Darkness’ Villain Mystery, Calls J.J. A Dickhead

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Khan!A few days ago, J.J. Abrams admitted that keeping the identity of the Star Trek Into Darkness villain a mystery was a big mistake. While the secret didn’t really add anything to the movie’s story, it also didn’t help that audiences weren’t intrigued enough to go to the movie theater to find out for themselves. Into Darkness was one of the biggest hit films of the summer movie-going season, but it wasn’t as big as Paramount Pictures or Bad Robot Production would’ve expected from a sequel film to the widely popular Star Trek reboot from 2009. Now the man who played the Into Darkness villain speaks out.

Although a majority of film journalists, pundits, and fans figured out that Cumberbatch was, indeed, playing Khan, Abrams and the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness insisted they were all wrong. When told about Abrams’ comments, Cumberbatch said:

‘What a dickhead,’ chuckled Cumberbatch when informed of Abrams’ comments. ‘The amount of times we had to lie for him… the amount of times I had to talk about it not being my character! No, I love him,’ continues the star, ‘but I don’t know if it was a bad or a good thing… the intention was to have a reveal in the audience that was going to be thrilling. That worked to an extent. Not everybody knew what they were in for when they went into the theatre… for those people it was a good thing… There was a verbal and physical reaction to it [in theatres I saw it in], so it kind of works.’

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Harrison Ford Ducks The Episode VII Question And Makes Benedict Cumberbatch’s Day

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Nobody knows anything about Star Wars: Episode VII. Well, okay, that’s not entirely true. We know the basics. We know J.J. Abrams is directing it, and co-writing it with Lawrence Kasdan. We know it’s the first film of a new trilogy, and of a larger Star Wars cross-media push now that George Lucas’ beloved fictional universe is under the banner of the Mouse. Aaaaaaand…well, that’s pretty much it. Everything else is rumor and speculation. Now some rumors border on the inevitable, such as the involvement of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, but no matter how almost certain that possibility may be, until it’s in a Disney press release, it ain’t confirmed.

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Star Wars Rumors Double Down On Saoirse Ronan And Benedict Cumberbatch’s Episode VII Involvement

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Saoirse Ronan

With Star Wars: Episode VII rumored to start production in January 2014, it’s only a matter of time before we start hearing who will be appearing in the film’s main cast. Although Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are almost locks to appear in the new film, it’s doubtful the story will revolve around them for three movies. It’s no secret that Disney and Lucasfilm are looking at fresh, up-and-coming actors to fill the roles in Episode VII — George Lucas said the sequel trilogy would be for a new generation of fans — but who will be the new faces of Star Wars?

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Irish American actor Saoirse Ronan is indeed in talks to star in Star Wars: Episode VII, as first rumored last month. While they didn’t specify which character Ronan would play in the new film, there is speculation that she would either play a female villain or Han Solo and Princess Leia’s daughter.

Ronan turned down a role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch, but she’d be able to stay under the Disney umbrella if she landed the Episode VII role, going from Marvel to Lucasfilm. She recently appeared in the dreadful film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host for director Andrew Niccol. While the film was one of the worst of 2013, she gave a wonderful performance as the dual role of the alien-human hybrid Melanie Stryde/Wanderer (Wanda). Ronan was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role as the 13-year-old Briony Tallis in Joe Wright’s Atonement in 2007. She would be perfect for a Star Wars movie.