Simon Pegg: J.J. Abrams is perfect for Star Wars

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg has revealed that his 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director J.J. Abrams is the right candidate to direct the new 'Star Wars' film, but isn't sure if he'll star in it.

Simon Pegg thinks J.J. Abrams will do a "great job" on 'Star Wars'.

The actor - who plays Scotty in the director's reboot of 'Star Trek' and the upcoming sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness' - believes the filmmaker, who was recently confirmed to direct the seventh film in the space saga, is the perfect candidate for the job.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz ahead of his hosting duties at the Oxfam charity screening of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' at London's May Fair Hotel on Wednesday night (06.02.13), he said: "I can't think of a better man for the job. J.J.'s a fan. He's such an enthusiast, such a hard worker... he'll give it his incredible skill and talent. He'll make a great job [of it]."

Despite being a huge fan of the film franchise and having ties to the series' new director, Simon, 42, admitted he hasn't contemplated a role in the seventh instalment - due for release in 2015 - as he would need to see the script first.

He said: "I haven't seen the script and I don't know anything about it, so I couldn't possibly comment on that."

J.J. will succeed series creator George Lucas as the director for the untitled 'Star Wars' continuation after Disney acquired the legendary director's Lucasfilm production company, including rights to the franchise, last year.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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