For true Star Wars fans, the wait until December 18th seems to be never ending. It’s been so long since anyone could sit down and watch a new chapter unfold in a galaxy far, far away, that the promise of something new can sometimes almost feel like a mere rumour. Fortunately for fans, if rumours are what keeps you going, there has never been any shortage of them in the lead up to the long awaited release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
As a general rule, not everyone likes Star Wars rumours. There is of course, no shortage of die-hard fans that don’t want to know anything about the forthcoming J.J. Abrams film. These people want to go in to the theatre one hundred percent fresh and be struck all at once by a brand new (yet still familiar) Star Wars universe. That’s fair enough, so a warning needs to be sounded at this point that if somehow you’ve made it this far along, it’s time to turn back now.
Thanks to some detective work on the part of the people at Slashfilm, a puzzle piece pertaining to Simon Pegg’s character in The Force Awakens just may have been snapped into place. Pegg had previously been photographed on set wearing only the body portion of his character’s suit and missing the mask. In a recent clip from a Disney Channel promo, a character that looks remarkably similar to Pegg’s costume is seen standing on set with Abrams and Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey.
Pegg has previously stated that his character has “a huge downturned nose” and that physically speaking, the creature is “…rather troll-like… an angry-looking oaf.” It doesn’t take much of a sleuth to see that those qualities are certainly present in the alien creature featured in said 2 seconds of footage provided by The Disney Channel. Check out the relevant screenshot from the clip, below:
Whether or not this actually is Pegg’s character has yet to be either officially confirmed or denied, but the rumours are already flying that the mystery has been solved. Having been a life long fan of the Star Wars franchise, Pegg has done everything from tease the magic of Abrams' vision for Episode VII to voice his disdain for the prequels. As an actor, he embodies many of the characteristic hopes and joys that Star Wars fans themselves feel for the series - and his creative input was both noted and appreciated by Abrams while making the film.
Because of these things, Pegg’s involvement in The Force Awakens feels more personal for many. If these rumours do prove to be true and we have officially seen the first image of Pegg’s character, it’s exciting for two reasons: a new character has been revealed and fans finally get to see what sort of involvement Pegg has had with the newest addition to the Star Wars universe. Either way, fans have something more to discuss and consider in the remaining days until The Force Awakens is finally released.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.