Simon Pegg Wants to Feature on 'The Mandalorian'
Simon Pegg wishes to feature in The Mandalorian playing the role of the Star Wars character he lent his voice on Clone Wars and Battlefront, the bounty hunter named Dengar.
As the first live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian is turning into a resounding hit both critically and commercially. Made accessible on Disney+ at launch, the show soon became the flagship of the streaming network.
The highly awaited season 2 of The Mandalorian is already on schedule to release this fall, and development has begun for season 3. Simon Pegg soared to popularity, particularly among comic books and film nerds, with roles in the TV show Scattered and the movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both of which he co-wrote with director Edgar Wright.
Pegg - who recently underwent weight loss - would later take upon the role of Scotty in both the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, and Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond.
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Next, he went on to accompany Abrams in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he portrayed Jakku's junk boss, Unkar Plutt. This wasn't his first appearance in a galaxy far, far away, though, as Pegg had earlier voiced the bounty hunter, Dengar, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
During an interview with Collider, Pegg claimed he'd enjoy playing Dengar for The Mandalorian. Originally, Dengar appeared momentarily (played by Morris Bush) as one of Darth Vader's bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back, followed by the appearance inside Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi.
Nonetheless, in the season 4 episode, 'Bounty' and the season 5 episode 'Eminence,' the Dengar that Pegg portrays is granted a more significant part on The Clone Wars.
The multimillionaire Pegg also voices Dengar in the Star Wars Battlefront video game, and as he said to Collider, if such an opportunity occurs, he's down to reprise the part on The Mandalorian.
"I've mentioned it a few times, but surely, if Taika [Waititi, director] and [series creator Jon] Favreau decide to bring Dengar into The Mandalorian, then I have some form [of experience] in the past having played him in Star Wars: Battlefront and The Clone Wars. So just saying. I heard they just employed Katee Sackhoff to play a character that wasn't in the movies, but she played it before in a different Star Wars thing, so just saying."
As Pegg rightly mentions, The Mandalorian reportedly placed Katee Sackoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, a Mandalorian identity she had already portrayed on both The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. This news comes in addition to rumors that Rosario Dawson plays a live-action Ahsoka Tano and Attack of the Clones star, Temuera Morrison enters The Mandalorian as either a still-living Boba Fett or a live-action Captain Rex.
For the time being, the accuracy of these reports remains unconfirmed. Nonetheless, they've led many to believe more animated characters from Star Wars might appear in The Mandalorian's future seasons.
As for Dengar, in particular, it will definitely make good sense to have yet another bounty hunter character on The Mandalorian.
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The main character of the series, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), is a bounty hunter himself, and now that he's tasked with protecting Baby Yoda, there are more bounty hunters in action.
It is also reported Dengar survives Return of the Jedi, having emerged in the Aftermath sequence of Chuck Wendig, so a new appearance fits perfectly into the previously established continuity.
If Dengar appeared, Pegg would carry a decent opportunity to be called upon to take up the role. Unlike Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka from The Clone Wars, who wasn't asked to join The Mandalorian, Pegg is a more high-profile actor that could be a decisive factor in nabbing the role of live-action.