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The Mandalorian: Simon Pegg Pitches His Star Wars Return

Simon Pegg has an idea to return to the Star Wars franchise as a different alien in the popular series The Mandalorian. The actor originally played Unkar Plutt, the junk trader who exchanged Rey's (Daisy Ridley) metal scraps for rations in Jakku before she set off to join the Resistance and later, learn the ways of the Force. Talking with Collider, Pegg devised a pitch to play the Corellian bounty hunter Dengar in an upcoming season of The Mandalorian. Originally introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, Dengar was one of the bounty hunters tasked by Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) to capture Han Solo (Harrison Ford) for Tatooine gangster Jabba the Hutt. Morris Bush originally played the character in Empire. Pegg took over the role voicing the character in The Clone Wars animated series and Star Wars: Battlefront video game. During the interview, the actor was asked what television series he wanted to guest star in the most.

Simon Pegg at the UK premiere for "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" in Leicester Square, London. Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Mandalorian
Simon Pegg at the UK premiere for "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" in Leicester Square, London. Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

"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," Pegg said. "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." Sackhoff had a recurring role as the voice of Bo-Katan Kryze in The Clone Wars and Rebels. For the first time in franchise history, a character introduced in an animated series will have the live-action counterpart played by the same actor. Bo-Katan was at one point, the leader in Mandalore wielding one of the culture's most heralded weapons, the Darksaber. The conclusion of The Mandalorian's first season saw Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) cutting his way out of his TIE with the legendary weapon. The TV series is available to stream on Disney+ with its second season set to premiere in October. You can watch the interview below.

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Tom ChangAbout Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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