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Simon Pegg Cast By E-mail March 12, 2008

by Charles Trotter , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Simon Pegg is currently out and about promoting his new film, Run, Fat Boy, Run, and naturally, he ends up discussing Star Trek. In an interview with the Australian Herald-Sun Pegg reveals how director/producer J.J. Abrams offered him the role of Scotty and that he wasn’t sure he wanted it at first. He also talked about the ‘sc-fi’ nature of the new movie.

On how JJ Abrams offered him the part

We got on really well on Mission: Impossible 3 and then I got back from New York where I’d been shooting How To Lose Friends and Alienate People and I switched on my phone and there was an email that just said “Do you want to play Scotty” on the top which was the most shocking email I’d ever received.

Pegg explains that there was a slight bit of hesitation on his part which was quickly alleviated by Abrams.

I was slightly worried about tying myself into a franchise for nine years. It was obviously something to think about, but J.J. said, “If the worst thing that happens is we get to hang out every three years and have fun, what’s the problem?” I thought that was a great argument.

and on if Star Trek is ‘serious science fiction’, Pegg replied:

Very much so. It’s not at all ironic. It’s not a jokey take on the original series. It’s a faithful and loving instalment in the ongoing mythology of the show.

The article is in the Australian Herald-Sun (but is not available online, or at least not yet)

Run, Fat Boy Run starring Simon Pegg opened last week in Australia and opens in the USA March 28th. More info at the official site. And here is the trailer…



1. Red Shirt - March 12, 2008

Think he’s gonna surprise everyone!

2. diabolk - March 12, 2008

“Very much so. It’s not at all ironic. It’s not a jokey take on the original series. It’s a faithful and loving instalment in the ongoing mythology of the show.”

I like that, it makes me feel good. So often these movie versions of old TV shows are tongue in cheek, as if “we’re smarter than when this show was first made.”

3. Garovorkin - March 12, 2008

I think his performance will silence al the doubters

4. Ampris - March 12, 2008

Very glad to hear this new take on the movie; “serious science fiction, not ironic, not jokey, loving”- that’s what I want to hear from our actors. Epic… doesn’t do much for me. But I can dig this outlook. :)

Maybe it’s because I’ve never seen any of his work and had no pre-conceived notions of Pegg and his acting, but I’ve been all for seeing how he does Scotty ever since he was announced. First of all he looks the part (er, IMHO), and I can really see him playing the role wonderfully, especially after reading these recent interviews and getting some insight from him on how he views the role and what he’s trying to do in it. I’ve got high hopes for this guy!

5. Devon - March 12, 2008

We do kind of have a rough timeline, for lack of a better term, it seems on *possible* future Trek releases it seems.

Very cool! Thanks Charles.

6. SPB - March 12, 2008

#4 –

Go out and rent/Netflix SHAUN OF THE DEAD right this very minute. Pegg proves that he can indeed pull off comedy and serious emotional drama… all in the same film! He’s really brilliant, hysterical and touching. AND it’s the greatest zombie spoof ever made! If you can handle the gore, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

7. Beck - March 12, 2008

I keep getting a better and better feeling about Pegg in this role – though to be fair I’ve always rather liked him. I think he’s gonna rock our socks as Scotty.

8. Batts - March 12, 2008

The only messages I receive on my answering machines are “your account is deliquent, please call customer service” LOL! I am warming up to this guy as Scotty. I dont know yet about seeing him give orders as Acting Captain! although this movie wont delve into that aspect of his character yet.

9. Kevin - March 12, 2008

He seems like he is really excited to be in the movie and seems to really respect and understand what Trek really is. I absolutely cannot wait to see him as Scotty! I am so excited!!!

10. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 12, 2008

Love the Pegg think they made a good choice

11. John Trumbull - March 12, 2008

Even though it’s “serious science fiction”, I hope they still have some fun with it and keep some of the wonderful tongue-in-cheek quality TOS often had. Don’t forget that Kirk, Spock & Bones all had a penchant for banter.

12. S. John Ross - March 12, 2008

If it were possible to be 200% confident in a bit of casting, I would be 200% confident in the casting of Simon Pegg. Alas, the cruel and boring numbers being what they are, I must be content with a mere 100% … I just hope that if Pegg reads this, he won’t take it as a slight.

13. Matt - March 12, 2008

“I was slightly worried about tying myself into a franchise for nine years”

I find that the most interesting.

14. Kevin - March 12, 2008

#13 — that makes me kinda happy, ’cause it shows that they aren’t just planning on there being only one film and it also shows that all the main actors are signed on for three! Yay!!

15. Harry Ballz - March 12, 2008

Why only one new Trek film every THREE years? If they can spit out a new Harry Potter film every couple of years, motivated to get them all done before the young cast gets too old, why can’t Paramount move along in a similarly brisk fashion? They could get one done every TWO years if they really wanted to!

16. SPOCKBOY - March 12, 2008

As a Scotsman myself I was deeply concerned that Pegg wouldn’t be able to pull off the rather difficult SCOTTISH BROGUE.
This clip put my fears to rest.


17. Justin Olson - March 12, 2008

Is this the first verification that Pegg and Abrams (at least) signed a 3 picture deal over 9 years for STAR TREK?

18. DJT - March 12, 2008

A most amusing comedy. However, the title is a bit lacking in imagination.

19. MORN SPEAKS - March 12, 2008

It’s not surprising that there is a 3 picture deal, but hearing in the context of 9 years really blows my mind.

20. noirgwio - March 12, 2008

#2, Yea I agree… Thankfully it will not be ‘A Very Brady Star Trek.’ Cuz Hollywood suits are (sometimes) just that dumb!

21. noirgwio - March 12, 2008

Every 3 years, for 9 years… That IS a bit of a while. Maybe TPTB think it’ll take 3 years per flick just to let the more easily ruffled Trekkies/ers’ calm down between them?

22. MattJC - March 13, 2008

That picture of Pegg is funny.
That must be the look he had on his face when he was cast.

23. Sarah James - March 13, 2008

“It’s not at all ironic. It’s not a jokey take on the original series. It’s a faithful and loving instalment in the ongoing mythology of the show.”

I like that. If Peggster says so then I can hardly doubt it. Never doubted it anyway but hearing it from Simon still makes me feel a tad better :)
The bit about the email is interesting. I’m trying to picture his face. Whoa.

Dear JJ,
Can I play Scotty’s Missus? I’m part Scottish and I’m an engineer (software engineer but that’s close enough eh?) My accent is said to sound fairly Northern Irish (I’m not – so I have no idea why I sound like em) but I can still work on it. I’ll get it down for you JJ, no probs. I’ll get it right. You can find my email below.
Please make the subject: Sarah – would you like to play Scotty’s Missus?
so I don’t wind up deleting it as Spam

Looking forward to hear from you. Sincerely, Sarah
*gg* lol

P.S.: The Peggster Strip-One-More-Time campaign is still running. It’s not too late to add that shot to the movie. Simon’s got to do a few more special effects anyway.

24. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - March 13, 2008

9 years eh?? “get to hang out once every three years!” hmm 3×3 =9 so does that = 3 movies??? :-)

25. Garovorkin - March 13, 2008

The whole “can the actor do a convincing accent” is getting both Tired and Foolish. Pegg is Good actor if he can’t pull of an absolutely perfect Scottish accent for Scotty so what I am not going to be analyzing his speech patterns during the movie to see if he’s doing a correct accent. That is not as important as some of us want to make it out to be. And what of Anton Yelchins are we going to do an accent analysis to determine if he’s doing the correct Russian Accent for Chekov? Silly all of it. and please no one bring up the whole character authenticity thing that will make it seem all the more foolish.

26. Stanky McFibberich - March 13, 2008

re: 25 Gavorkin
I agree that the accent analysis is foolish. They can do a spot-on accent and I still won’t be able to ignore the fact that they are imposters.

27. Cervantes - March 13, 2008

Although I’d have rathered an actual Scot finally playing this role, I’m feeling much better about this casting as I go along…probabably due to the fact that I now know that he’s losing the face-fuzz for the role…
I like my TOS crew members clean-cut…unless they’re in a ‘mirror’ universe.

28. maspill - March 13, 2008

i think he will prove himself and this will be the start of pegg doin some more serious rolls

29. Phil123 - March 13, 2008

I think a movie every 3 years is fine. It’s not really that long. I would far rather a good movie that the producers and writers had time to develop every 3 years, that a medeocre CGI-fest every two years.

30. Norman - March 13, 2008

… hopefully they will remember that he wore a gold shirt first…

31. Iowagirl - March 13, 2008

Stanky, your spot-on accent comment is spot-on, as always.;-)

32. gosh i just love simon pegg! - March 13, 2008

pegg as scotty is what sold me on the new movie

33. non-belligerency confirmed - March 13, 2008

uh, guys. if pegg figures he’s got nine more years at trek, then we’ll be seeing as total of FOUR films. “every three years” starting after the end of the first one, that is. obviously a mistake, but i’m surprised no one here freaked or even caught it. trekheads are usually the type who make it a point to able to use math. anyway.

i have a young friend who “wants to puke” at he idea of a male “starbuck” because it just wouldn’t make sense. funny to think there will be a new league of fans who see the original cast as imposters someday.

34. freezejeans - March 13, 2008

Pegg rocks! SHAUN is one of my favorite films of all time, and HOT FUZZ is also awesome. Wonder if JJ can somehow work Nick Frost in one of the films somehow, perhaps as an alien that Scotty will have to drink under the table in order to save the ship or something :)

35. CmdrR - March 13, 2008

Does this mean Scotty will have a slacker friend living in his office who calls out to the crew, “Hullo, ya c*$@s!” ?

36. Kirk's Toupee - March 13, 2008

SImon Pegg is a great actor; he was wonderful in Shaun Of The Dead (best Zombie movie outside of the Romero series) and also did a nice cameo in a Doctor Who episode a couple of years back when Christopher Eccleston was the Doctor and not that bobbins Scottish actor, Neil Tennant……..

I think he will make a great Scotty!

37. Garovorkin - March 13, 2008

#36 I saw him in that episode and I didn’t recorgnize at the time him under the make up he played a really nasty bad guy, he was great, so that’s among the reasons i think he can do a great Mr Scott.

38. Benjamin Adams - March 13, 2008

#36 Yeah, what made Neil Tennant think he could leave the Pet Shop Boys and play the Doctor instead? ;)

39. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

I like Simon Pegg but I will still reserve my judgement until I see him in the movie as Scotty. He just hasn’t struck a chord with me the same way that the other casting decisions have and I can’t put my finger on why. I do like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and Fat Boy looks good, too.

I don’t hold the new cast in the same contempt as Stanky.

40. S. John Ross - March 13, 2008

#38, well, the Doctor did meet Rose on Regent Street, so maybe the Pet Shop Boys are still into “West End Girls” :)

41. Lancelot Narayan - March 13, 2008

The thing about The late, great Jimmy Doohan was that you can believe that the man CAN drink a bottle of malt scotch, fist-fight a room full of Kilngons, and be on duty in the engine room the next morning.

I don’t see that when I look at Simon Pegg. He looks like he’ll topple over with the first gust of wind.

42. Jorg Sacul - March 13, 2008

<<If they can spit out a new Harry Potter film every couple of years, motivated to get them all done before the young cast gets too old, why can’t Paramount move along in a similarly brisk fashion?

Ok, I’ll get flamed here, but every Harry Potter movie has been the same as the last. Harry gets abused in the Muggle world, escapes to school. A teacher is a spooky character, possibly evil. Ron is dopey. Hermione is tough, but has a vulnerable side. Cute monsters. Scary monsters. Snape is in league with Voldermort. Snape is NOT in league with Voldermort. Harry gets his arse handed to him in another fight with the ever-reincarnating Voldermort, sees his dead parents in some form… He goes home to the Muggles again.

I’d think by now Harry would always be pausing in anticipation of the next event to happen in his day, because it’s just like every other day.

And that’s what kills me about the HP movies– these kids are pretty good actors, and they’re being wasted.

So, THAT is why you can’t do Star Trek that way. We want new adventures, new things to think about. As Ringo Star said, “Time takes time”. I’m sure they could crank out a movie per year if they wanted to- and have it be the Trek quality that we’d all like. After all, it’s still a two hour script. Conceivably it could be shot in two weeks. The thing that dilates time is the 1000 shot special effects schedule, and modern viewers expect to be blown away.

I think in May 2009 we’re going to be blown away, big time.

43. British Naval Dude - March 13, 2008

*** deploying Universal Translator ***

*** Original statement:
well, besides tha lass petitioning Simon Pegg to get all nudey and the concern over his accent, all I have ta say is:
Simon Pegg shifted through his spam with his lucky winged fairy
Scott-playing offer was waiting there for him upon the Blackberry
He assures there be real science fiction in store for us Treksters
Maybe a Loch Ness monster sequence to establish Scott’s pecksters
… it be nice to see such an embrace there dowdy doo! Uggg…me hangover be preventing me from getting more a’curly brash and spewin’ forth as me noggin be a’ banging morethan guvnerSpitzer

*** Universal translator:
“Once again I am delighted to hear such positive things from and about Mr. Pegg. And thank you, patrons, for your indulgances in reading my posts.”

Awk! That’s whud I said, ya bongke nerk! …..arrrrr…..

*** Transmission Over ***

44. acb - March 13, 2008

Honestly, I was never worried on the casting on Pegg for Scotty (or Urban for that matter). If anyone looks at some of his serious non-comedic work he is quite good. It’s some of the other members of the cast I am holding judgement on til I see some footage.

45. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

What’s a “bongke nerk”?

46. Ensign Hoshi Sato - March 13, 2008

sort of like a right prat… a wanker… a gooley doo…
ya know, a Sybok …


47. British Naval Dude - March 13, 2008

I think ya need translating more me!
thanke for answerin babe

48. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - March 13, 2008

The whole comedy vs. dramatic acting thing is silly. I will take a talented comedy actor doing drama over a talented dramatic actor doing comedy just about every time. As the man said. “Dying is easy, comedy is hard”

Pegg is an amazing talent. He will be fine. I have far less worries about him than I do some of the other cast members. Mostly because they are unkn owns and there is a lack of knowledge of their talents. Urban and Quinto are with Pegg in my mind. No worries.

49. Closettrekker - March 13, 2008

#39—“I don’t hold the new cast in the same contempt as Stanky”

LMAO. Who does? Oh, that’s right….Iowagirl and I Love My Moogie!!!

#41—“I don’t see that when I look at Simon Pegg. He looks like he’ll topple over with the first gust of wind.”

I don’t get that at all. James Doohan was rather thin as well during the run of TOS. I’ve never seen Pegg in anything other than MI3, but I’m sure that JJ’s confidence in his ability to make Scotty come to life in this film is justified.
As with everything else about the film, only time will tell.

#42—Having never seen one of those movies, I’ll take your word for it. I can certainly live with a new Star Trek film every 3 years. That is great news.

#46—“sort of like a right prat… a wanker… a gooley doo…
ya know, a Sybok …”

LOL…Sybok sucks.

50. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

A “gooley doo”?

Sorry BND, I’m playing dumb now. Yew Brit folk shore tawks funny.

51. Iowagirl - March 13, 2008

”I don’t hold the new cast in the same contempt as Stanky”
LMAO. Who does? Oh, that’s right….Iowagirl and I Love My Moogie!!!

I suppose that makes *us* the new troika.;-)

52. Closettrekker - March 13, 2008

#51–“I suppose that makes *us* the new troika.;-)”

Most affectionately so, I assure you, my friend…

53. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

What was the old troika? You talkin’ ’bout Kirk, Spock, & Bones? Which one of you get’s to be which? I vote for Stanky as Bones. He could be Kirk, but he is such a bongke nerk.

54. Marian C. - March 13, 2008

– A trilogy…hmmm..sounds pretty good for me..a prequel..a sequel to the prequel..and a sequel to the sequel of the prequel…’s complicated….hmmm….

55. British Naval Dude - March 13, 2008

Now, say what ya will about Stanky, at least he didn’t inadvertantly a’change his name to Hoshi…

In tha tradition of Sir Mr. Doohan’s natural weight and mustache gain throughout his life, perhaps by the third film Eddie Izzard could potray Scotty? just a thought I should keep ta meself….

… arrrr

56. Kimmycat - March 13, 2008

#36, #37, and #38

Actually the actor that currently plays The Doctor is Scottish actor David Tennant not Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys. I think he is a pretty good Doctor. I have the DVD “Bright Young Things” and he wasn’t too bad in it. I saw the Dr. Who Episode “The Long Game”. I didn’t recognize Simon Pegg at first. He was really a nasty villian in that episode. BTW, He also does the voice overs for the “behind the scenes” documentaries that are shown after the Doctor Who episodes shown on PBS in the US.

Another great interview! The more I hear from Simon the more I like him. I think we will be surprised. He is a wonderful choice for Scotty. My fiance and I saw “Run Fat Boy Run” at the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) this past Sunday evening and we just loved it. We plan to go see it again when it hits theatres on March 28.

57. Irish Terran - March 13, 2008

Now maybey I’m just Insane,(I am) but I think that ” Run Fat Boy Run” came out in Ireland and the rest of Europe aswell a few months back…..
Oh my god, is this a dillusion or did a movie come out in ireland BEFORE it came out in America????????????
It must be a first!!!!!

58. Garovorkin - March 13, 2008

I would imagine that the new trek film is going have some comic scene in the story. I am trying to Imagine Pegg in engineering fussing over the engines. I think Abrams is going to give him some leeway to have a little fun with his portrayal of the character.

59. Denise de Arman - March 13, 2008

BritDude#47- You just like Hoshi talking to you in your own language.
Oh man, got a bruise the size of a basketball on my hip from being in a car wreck last night – might have to forego sitting in this chair and get the laptop out. Darn fate.

60. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

No Irish Terran, it’s actually a little known fact that we here in the states are behind the rest of the world when it comes to Simon Pegg premiers. We may have gotten it sooner if it also didn’t have the guy from Godzilla in it. And with his clothes off.

I was hoping that you in the motherland could have put a stop to it. The guy from Godzilla without his clothes on, I mean.

61. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

Denise, what happened? You OK?

62. Denise de Arman - March 13, 2008

THX- Fine THX. A car ran a red light and we got wacked – fuming over the inconvenience of moving around differently than I’m accustomed to. And now my laptop is dead for no apparent reason… frikkin’ frikkin’ frak.

63. Evan - March 13, 2008

I, for one, am looking forward to this film more and more with every bit of news that I read. Though, I’m trying to steer clear of spoilers.

64. Irish Terran - March 13, 2008

Unfortunately, the Brits have tendancy to get a smidgen annoyed when the Irish try to give them any advice……
Also, really? your behind on movie premiers?????

65. THX-1138 - March 13, 2008

Irish Terran
Nah, I’m goofin’. This is Amuhrica. We get everything first and then super-size it. And then top it with gravy and cheese so we all can get extra fat.

Thoughts are with you, Denise. Be on the mend so you can visit from your computer painlessly.

66. Denise de Arman - March 13, 2008

THX- Gravy and cheese, umm… starting to get hungry… Where’s the take-out pizza menu…

67. Klingon Karen - March 13, 2008

I saw the movie already. Simon is really funny in it

68. Harry Ballz - March 13, 2008

Denise………..hope you’re o.k.

Keep us informed on how you mend…

69. Jamie - March 13, 2008

#15 (Harry Ballz)

Actually, a new Harry Potter film is released every 18 months.

A new Trek film every 18 months would be good. But I’d rather them make them half as frequent and twice as good!

70. Harry Ballz - March 13, 2008

If they really put their mind to it they could crank out a classic Trek epic once every two years……it would facilitate the next “wave” of Star Trek interest……………..think of it, over the next ten years, a set of five classic new Trek films……….a foundation of film for a legion of new fans…………..but, nah, that makes too much sense!

71. Jamie - March 13, 2008

To anyone who hopes Pegg can do a “perfect Scottish accent” — Scotty never had a particularly authentic Scottish accent. It’s supposed to be in the future, remember. Accents change and merge.

72. Harry Ballz - March 13, 2008

I saw two Accents merge today……what a terrible car accident!

73. The Vulcanista - March 14, 2008




Nice to have you back, Harry :-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

74. Kimmycat - March 14, 2008

#57 and #60.

Actually guys, my fiance’s relatives in the UK and Ireland told us that “Run Fat Boy Run” has been out in Europe for months. I actually saw the movie at a film festival here in Miami. It won’t be in theatres in the US until March 28. I guess certain movies are released in the UK first. The blockbuster action-type movies are usually released in the US first. Our relatives got to see the movie “Atonement” in September and it wasn’t released until December 7 in the US. We couldn’t see it until December 14 in Miami.

BTW my fiance was born in Northren Ireland.

75. Harry Ballz - March 14, 2008


never mind my corny jokes, do you agree with my bold statement made in post # 70??

76. The Vulcanista - March 14, 2008

I understand completely your impatience, but I’m ‘fraid I’m of the other opinion. 3 years is fine. It gives the actors a chance to go on to other projects, thus possibly avoiding some typecasting pitfalls which befell The Original 3. It also gives The Supreme Court a chance to really nail down and tighten up the story and get the guest casting just right. If this movie goes well, the whole Trek creative team are going to be sizzlin’!

All that said, I’m really hoping for a new TOS TV series, but only if the current creative team are in on it and provided I like the new movie.

IMHO, as always.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

77. Closettrekker - March 14, 2008

#76—I’m on board with you (go figure), for the most part. However, my only real amendment to that is, after a 4th and 5th year of the original 5 year mission (perhaps a Sci-fi channel mini-series), a series set in between TMP and TWOK (featuring the Enterprise NCC-1701-A prior to her posting as a training vessel) would top my list, perhaps followed by a series set immediately post TUC (Excelsior under Sulu, or Enterprise-B under a better written Harriman with Demora Sulu at the helm). After TUC, there is 78 years of unexplored Starfleet history. Surely there is something television worthy.

Of course, all of this would depend on what the “alternate timeline” does to existing TOS and beyond, and certainly upon the success of STXI, XII, and XIII at the box-office.

“There are always possibilities…”

78. Harry Ballz - March 14, 2008

Typecasting?? Nah, if the movie is good, I want them to play nothing but these roles FOREVER!!!!!


79. The Vulcanista - March 14, 2008


That’s pure evil, Harry. Pure evil.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

80. Harry Ballz - March 14, 2008


…………and your point is…….?

81. The Vulcanista - March 14, 2008

My point is: :-P


Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

82. weeharry - March 15, 2008

before you look at the link, i want to point out that i think simon pegg is a brilliant choice to play scotty

what follows is a segment of an episode of spaced, a sitcom he co-wrote and starred in from a few years ago
you should watch from the start to about two and a half minutes in and you’ll see what i mean

83. swoltz - March 16, 2008

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