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Simon Pegg Was Part Of The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Brain Trust; Drew Struzan’s Poster Revealed

Simon Pegg Was Part Of The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Brain Trust; Drew Struzan's Poster Revealed

Well, this weekend was a busy one for “Star Wars” fans at D23. The first look at the cast of “Star Wars: Rogue One was revealed, while Colin Trevorrow was confirmed as the director of “Star Wars: Episode IX.” And while there wasn’t much brewing at the event for fans of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” there are a couple of tidbits left over from last week’s extensive Entertainment Weekly coverage—and the showroom floor—to make up for it.

First, while we already know that Simon Pegg has a cameo in ‘The Force Awakens,’ it would seem his involvement went beyond just popping up in his pal J.J. Abrams‘s movie — he was part of the brain trust in shaping the story. “He was a sounding board,” the director told EW. “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.”

Interesting stuff, and probably a big dose of fun for self-professed geek Simon Pegg, who is currently nerding out as the co-writer on “Star Trek 3” as well. He is definitely living the ultimate fanboy fantasy.

Meanwhile, legendary poster artist Drew Struzan‘s work for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been captured in the wild. JoBlo snagged the picture of the illustrated one sheet and it’s fine, but dare I say it, the artist has done better work for the franchise in the past.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrives on December 18th.

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