Remember the rumor, started by Simon Pegg (of all people), that Daniel Craig had a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- but you wouldn’t recognize him because he’d be playing a Stormtrooper? Yeah, it’s probably bullshit. And in the process of throwing cold water all over the theory, Craig got a little snippy about Star Wars, Pegg, and his own status as an A-list movie star.
Daniel Craig was speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the possibility that he’d be in Star Wars when it opens in December, and he told the magazine:
Why would I ever bother doing something like that? Fucking hell! Pffft. Play an extra in another movie?"
Not just any other movie, Mr. Bond. This is the first Star Wars to be in theaters in years, and the savior movie that’s supposed to bring the entire franchise back from the CGI-infested dead. Simon Pegg, himself, allegedly disguised himself so that he’d have the opportunity to appear in his friend J.J. Abrams’ space opera. That bit is confirmed in the behind-the-scenes footage that Abrams showed at San Diego Comic-Con recently. Watch that below:
But Daniel Craig didn’t stop there. When he was pressed as to where the rumor of him being in Star Wars could have come from, the current 007 responded to EW:
Talk to Simon Pegg. He obviously knows way more than I do. He’s just jealous because he’s not in Star Wars. He’s got some issue with J.J. I don’t know what the fuck it is. You need to talk to Simon about it."
Hostile! It’s not enough for Daniel Criag to deny involvement in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he also needs to attempt to drive a wedge between Star Trek collaborators Pegg and Abrams? Talk about having a license to be catty.
I still don’t think it’s that far-fetched that Craig could have a part in The Force Awakens. For all that we know, every Stormtrooper in J.J. Abrams’ sequel is a former cast member of Star Trek, Super 8 or Mission: Impossible III. And there is the fact that Craig did work with Star Wars legend Harrison Ford on Jon Favreau’s sci-fi/western mash up Cowboys & Aliens. Oh, wait. That explains it. Maybe Craig doesn’t want to think about anything that reminds him about that movie. Now I get it. The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.