Simon Pegg Recalls Being Jealous of J.J. Abrams for Leaving Star Trek to Direct a Star Wars Movie

Having come under fire for his opinion on the toxicity of Star Wars fans, Simon Pegg has been discussing the franchise again. This time, however, the actor was recalling how he felt when J.J. Abrams decided to swap his directorial role in the Star Trek franchise to go and dabble in Lucasfilm’s space opera. In an interview with SiriusXM’s Jim Norton and Sam Roberts, Pegg revealed how he was massively jealous when the director switched franchises, but he didn’t feel quite so bad when Abrams offered him a role Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There have always been divided camps over which space-based franchise is the greatest, with Star Wars and Star Trek constantly battling for supremacy with their huge fan bases. However, Simon Pegg has starred in both movie series, as well as having a highly praised career from movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul and working with J.J. Abrams on other movies such as Mission Impossible III. When he discovered that Abrams would not be directing Star Trek Beyond in favor of jumping ship to helm The Force Awakens, Pegg recalled:


“Well it was J.J. Abrams that was doing it…When I found out that J.J. Abrams was doing Star Wars, I got an email about it. I was feeling kind of jealous, like ‘Oh, dad’s leaving us for the other kids.’ Because he directed Star Trek. He’s gonna f*** off to Star Wars now…that’s nice [sarcasm]. But then we had dinner and he said, ‘Oh, do you want to come and play a blob fish?’ I was like, ‘Sure.’”

Star Trek 4 Could Be About to Move Forward at Paramount

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The departure of J.J. Abrams coincided with Star Trek Beyond seeing a lackluster box office performance and effectively derailed the rebooted movie franchise. While there has been plenty of other Star Trek content in the form of Paramount+ series such as Picard, Lower Decks and the upcoming Strange New Worlds, many fans have been wondering if they will ever see Chris Pine and co back on the big screen again.

Earlier in the year, it was finally announced that Star Trek 4 was being developed, and in the last couple of months, it has been revealed that as well as Abrams returning to the franchise, the whole cast seems to be happy to return to boldly go once more into a new adventure. Paramount Pictures’ president Brian Robbins said previously:

“We’re deep into it with J.J. Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line and excited about where we’re going creatively. I’m a research nerd, and what the data tells me is that the audience wants that cast in this movie.”

Robbins has only been recently appointed to his president role at Paramount Pictures, and in wanting to make his mark, his announcements have included that there will a lot of focus given to the studios’ franchises, which is why we are now seeing a lot of movement on projects centered around Transformers, A Quiet Place and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as the many Star Trek projects in development right now.