The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and with it too, the slightly deflated hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I use that particular description about the panel in Hall H, because many fans were extremely disappointed that there was no new The Force Awakens trailer shown. Many people, myself included, believe that J.J. Abrams will debut the full length trailer at Disney’s own convention, D23 in August.
However, Abrams along with Kathleen Kennedy did put on quite the show, sans the much desired yet lamented trailer, by bringing out a slew of new actors on stage, that had previously been silent on their roles in the film.
- Adam Driver – Kylo Ren
- Gwendoline Christie – Captain Phasma
- Domhnall Gleeson – General Hux
These three were joined by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, who made quite the splash at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, earlier this year. Then, as a cherry on top of the sundae, the original trio (Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill) made their appearance, including Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.
Noticeably absent were two motion capture actors from Episode VII, Andy Serkis who is portraying Supreme Leader Snoke of whom we have no idea what he looks like, and Lupita Nyong’o who portrays Maz Kanata. We’ve seen artwork of Maz, so she isn’t that much of a mystery, but we’ve only heard Snoke’s voice, which narrated the first The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
"“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side…and the light.”"
By the time the Star Wars Panel was done, J.J. Abrams had taken all 6,500 fans and press in attendance to a Star Wars concert, and a roughly three minute long behind the scenes video was shown. The video had some previously unseen scenes, quickly flashing by the screen…and while they all stand out as unique and exciting, one in particular got us thinking: Just who or what is Simon Pegg playing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Entertainment Weekly, in their piece about questions from the behind the scenes video, asks what kind of costume is Pegg wearing. They posit that the costume resembles that of Droopy McCool, who is a Kitonak, and who played the horn with the Max Rebo Band in Jabba the Hutt’s palace in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Look at the torso of Pegg’s costume and compare it to that of Droopy.
Quite similar, right? It’s clear from that screen shot with Simon Pegg, that he is wearing a costume that has a top, much like Droopy McCool. So, is Simon Pegg who portrayed Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in both of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, playing an alien of the same species as Droopy? Droopy McCool himself disappeared into the desert of Tatooine after Jabba’s party barge was destroyed by Luke and friends. Is Abrams bringing back this alien who stuck out like a sore thumb in a room full of sore thumbs? It would definitely be a nice touch and just the perfect hint of nostalgia to life-long fans of the Star Wars films.