Simon Pegg Praises STAR WARS VII And Weighs In On Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN Departure


simon peggSimon Pegg is on record as being a huge Star Wars fan and a pretty outspoken critic of the prequels. Having worked on Star Trek with J.J. Abrams, who is now directing Star Wars as we all know, Pegg has something of an “in” with the highly-anticipated new trilogy. That has to be a dream come true for the actor. Things may get even better if a recent rumor about Pegg having a small role in Episode VII turns out to be true. Regardless of the rumored cameo, Pegg recently shared his thoughts about the upcoming Star Wars film and how he thinks Abrams is doing what needs to be done- mainly staying in line with the original three films and ignoring the prequels. The actor also expanded on his Tweet last week about his other well-known friend, Edgar Wright, and his recent Ant-Man departure.

header-jj-abrams-discusses-his-approach-to-star-wars-episode-viiSpeaking with Sky Movies in a rather extensive interview, Pegg was asked if he thought Star Wars is in safe hands with Abrams. The actor has answered this question before, but now that filming has actually began, he knows a little bit about what’s going on now. He shared his knowledge about the film, saying:

I don’t think you could be in safer hands, to be honest. It’s just the best thing in the world that could happen, that he’s got a hold of it now. He’s very, very keen to make the film in line with the original three in terms of the means of production…that sounds like a Marxist term. The mode of production, its being shot on film, they’re using a huge amount of physical effects, puppets, masks, stuff that will make it feel very much continuous with the first three even though its set 30 years later. And it’s going to be awesome. I think it’s going to drop bombs on the world. It’s going to be absolutely amazing.

While Pegg and Abrams are friends, the actor has a closer friend who also happens to be a director. Pegg has worked with Edgar Wright on all three films in the Cornetto Trilogy and is occasionally seen gallivanting around with him and co-star Nick Frost from time to time. Wright has been in the news a lot lately with his recent break-up with Marvel, and Pegg (along with many other actors and directors) shared their thoughts about Wright‘s version of the miniscule hero not getting made. Last week Pegg Tweeted “Feel lucky that I got to read and Joe Cornish’s Ant-Man script. Daring, fun, funny and hugely exciting. Shame we won’t see it.” He expanded on that in another video segment with Sky Movies:

I think it’s a terrible shame. I think I get why, perhaps, it’s happened. I think maybe they want a particular thing in line with a particular other thing. But, if you hire a director who has a particular vision, you’ve got to expect him or her to make a ‘such and such’ film, a ‘Edgar Wright’ film. And that’s what that script was, and it was interesting. The character had a real journey. I can’t really say much about it, because obviously it’s not my thing, but it’s their loss.

While the actor doesn’t go into specifics, it seems his comments are in line with the rumor that Marvel wanted to make some last minute changes that would have made Edgar Wright‘s film much different than what he had originally envisioned. We’ll likely never know exactly what happened before the big break-up, but hopefully Wright makes an official statement of some sort sometime sooner rather than later. What do you think about Pegg‘s comments?

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