Simon Pegg to Join ‘Episode VII’ Cast? Plus More ‘Star Wars’ Rumors

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Are Star Wars and Star Trek eventually going to merge into the same universe?

Of course they won’t — and the mere suggestion of it is enough to drive even a run-of-the-mill sci-fi geek into hysterics — but there’s sure a lot of crossover between the two universes these days. The two franchises, once diametrically opposed in the eyes of many fans, are quickly becoming cousins — if not siblings.

The latest instance of mixing is just a rumor at this point, but it looks like it could have some legs. Specifically, the rumor is that J.J. Abrams, director of films for both franchises, is looking to recruit actor Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty in the Star Wars reboot films) to play a prominent role in Star Wars Episode VII and perhaps beyond. Movie blog Market Saw was the first to report this rumor and it has since been picked up by a number of other sites.

Another rumor picking up some steam is that Abrams will be one-and-done when it comes to directing the next trilogy of Star Wars films. The name being bandied about to replace him for Episode VIII is Alfonso Cuaron.

Cuaron may not be a household name, but he has a very solid resume to his name. He directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which many consider to be one of the best Harry Potter films, so he certainly isn’t unfamiliar with directing films for an established franchise. He also has indie cred, having directed the cult favorite (and very erotically charged) Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Next up for Cuaron is the sci-fi drama Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and is set to hit theaters on October 4.

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