Simon Pegg is currently working on his second Star Trek movie as the iconic Scotty, but this Friday the actor is hopping to another franchise to step into the shoes of another established character…this time in a galaxy far, far away. Today it was announced that Pegg is voicing a bounty hunter on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Pegg to voice Dengar on Star Wars: The Clone Wars
This Friday's episode of the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will feature Simon Pegg voicing the character Dengar the Bounty Hunter. The character first appeared along with Boba Fett and a number of other bounty hunters in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Dengar from "Empire Strikes Back" and on "The Clone Wars"
EW broke the news today and quotes Pegg saying:
“Dengar is one of the elite. If you’re on Darth Vader’s bounty-hunter speed dial, you are the best in the galaxy…It was a total honor to play this mysterious, hard man from my favorite Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back."
They also have more details on the episode and a clip, so check it out at EW.com
Of course Simon Pegg is a huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, and has talked about how it has shaped his life. He has also been a quite vocal critic of the Star Wars prequels, some of this criticism made it into his UK sitcom Spaced.
And Pegg has previously done some Star Wars acting, if you consider this skit for College Humor as Star Wars acting.