A new Disney Channel promo for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gives us our first live-action glimpse at Simon Pegg in the film, and some additional insight into Daisy Ridley’s scavenger character, Rey.

Here’s our first good look at Simon Pegg’s costumed character in the film, next to director J.J. Abrams and Ridley:

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Abrams, who worked with Pegg on “Mission: Impossible III” and “Star Trek,” previously had this to say about Pegg’s role during “The Force Awakens”: “He was a sounding board. He would drop by the set because he wanted to, and when he could, he would help… We could talk about things, and he was a perfect combination of incredibly smart screenwriter, fan of the series, critical fan of the series, and friend of mine – but not just blindly supportive. He was an honest, critical friend. And he wasn’t so close to it that he became immune to things. He would come in with fresh eyes and very smart ideas. He’s one of a handful of people along the way that has been really priceless.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theatres December 18.



Simon Pegg: 'Funny women make me giddy'

added: 29 Nov 2015 // by: Newsdesk 

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Simon Pegg's six-year-old daughter leaves him "agog with admiration" with her incredible and unique sense of humour.

The 45-year-old actor is father to Matilda with wife Maureen McCann and as he discussed a recent report that said men's humour is more appreciated than women's, Simon insisted funny women should never have to reign in their humorous side.

In an exclusive column for Britain's Glamour magazine, Simon admitted he has always had a "thing" for funny women, and used three names in particular as examples.

Top of the list was Matilda, who Shaun of the Dead star Simon said makes him laugh every single day.

"I'll give mention to the female that makes me laugh most profoundly and consistently, my daughter," Simon wrote. "At six years old, she has 'it', whatever 'it' is. Not just saying and doing the things that children do but knowing what makes me laugh, knowing how to send me into fits of giggles, when I'm trying to be serious or strict. I hope she has it forever, I hope nobody ever tells her that it's wrong or makes her feel like she shouldn't."

Simon has worked with some of the industry's most hilarious actresses in films including Paul and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. His career began in sitcom Spaced, alongside Jessica Hynes, who he said "made me laugh so much and still does".

Another of Simon's comedy heroines is Kristen Wiig, who he teamed up with on alien comedy Paul in 2011.

"Kristen Wiig on the set of Paul became my favourite person to hang around with," he continued. "She has the capacity to interpret humour in a vast spectrum of ways, from the super subtle to the utterly absurd. Her work on Saturday Night Live was peerless."

"I love funny women, I always have. Funny women are beguiling and make me giddy and self-conscious. There is something at once familiar and alien in their humour and it makes them magical to me. My early crushes were mainly on funny women: Madeline Khan, Diane Keaton, Terri Gar, even Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia had a degree of what was referred to at the time as 'spunk'. Maybe that's what it is, wit doesn't just imply intelligence, it implies strength, and that's what really unnerves insecure men."

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Last week, The Channel and Disney XD released two Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes previews which offered a better look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Today, we get another behind-the-scenes preview from the Disney networks. This time, the main focus is on Daisy Ridley's Rey. We get to see her plight as a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku. But coolest of all is, we finally get a look at the alien played by Simon Pegg.

We don't get to learn the background of this Alien. And we don't really find out his place in the story. We don't even learn his name. But it appears he is on Jakku with Rey. And he seems to be an alley. This latest Star Wars 7 preview also offers up never-before-seen footage of both Rey and John Boyega's Finn. We get to see them escaping through a hatch. And we get to see a few quick glimpses of Chewbacca and BB-8. Here's what Daisy Ridley has to say about becoming a part of this amazing universe.

"Rey is so wonderful. She's vulnerable. And she's strong. She's a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku. She's up for new experiences. And new adventures. This has been really special. I love the films. But obviously, now being a part of it, is really amazing. And it has been a lot of fun on set. I think the kids are going to love it, because they can really connect with the characters. BB-8 is amazing. We are packed full of creatures. It's really cool."

The Star Wars galaxy is a dangerous place. Epic Battles. Remote worlds. Strange creatures. And deadly threats at each turn. A long time ago a group of heroes banded together to save the galaxy from an Evil Empire. A dark new threat promises to destroy everything they've fought for. Now it's time for a new generation of heroes. Rey, a scavenger searching for answers. And Finn, a rogue Stormtrooper looking for something to fight for. They team up with a mysterious droid named BB-8. These three must make a choice. Continue their journey alone. Or work together to defeat the dark side.

The cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, , Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow. J.J. Abrams directs Star Wars: The Force Awakens from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, with the director producing alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk. Take a look at the Disney XD UK promo, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.