Already, hot properties like The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and The Walking Dead have shown their wares at San Diego Comic Con 2015, eliciting great excitement from their fans, but make no mistake – today’s main event was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
During the panel we learned a lot of new things about Episode VII, including details on Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson's newly-confirmed roles and that the film's next trailer won't arrive until fall. There was no new film footage screened, but a video did offer a behind-the-scenes look at the production (available to watch here).
In that short video, fans got their first glimpse of Simon Pegg in costume and on set, finally confirming the actor’s involvement in The Force Awakens. The Star Trek actor and frequent J.J. Abrams collaborator has been rumored to have landed a role in Star Wars 7 for some time now, and in the end it really isn't all too surprising given that Pegg is such an outspoken fan of the original series. From the costume Pegg is wearing in the BTS footage we now know that Pegg is playing an alien character - but unlike the alien Lupita Nyong'o brings to life through motion capture, Pegg's alien is apparently achieved through more practical effects, as you can see from the image of him (from the Force Awakens set), below:
The video, like several set photos and features previously released, puts a strong emphasis on practical effects over digital, something that is sure to please fans who long for the models and matte paintings of the original trilogy. The images feature aliens of all shapes and sizes, some with full body prosthetics and some without, but two aliens from that line-up now look particularly interesting. The two hunched aliens featured in the center of the image below n particular. Based off the little we can see of Pegg's costume and the shape and design of these two aliens, it's possible Pegg could be playing an alien of the same race (or size).
Since Pegg's head and face is obscured while he's in full costume, there's no way of knowing exactly when or where Abrams first reveals his role. Then again, countless lifeforms comprise the Star Wars universe, so maybe Pegg is playing neither of the large, scaly creatures above - but is sure is fun to speculate!
Who do you think Pegg could be playing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? How large of a role are you expecting his character to have? Let us hear what you think in the comments below!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official release date yet.
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