‘The Mandalorian’: The ‘Star Wars’ Villain Simon Pegg Wants to Play on the Show

Simon Pegg is a widely beloved actor. He’s gone from starring in smaller shows and TV shows before graduating to major franchises like Star Trek, Mission Impossible, and Star Wars. So far, he hasn’t made an appearance in The Mandalorian.

Because of this, some fans are eager to see him on the show. Pegg has discussed the prospect. There’s a certain Star Wars character he’d like to play on The Mandalorian.

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Simon Pegg’s dream part on ‘The Mandalorian’

Numerous people — from actors to schoolchildren — would like to play Star Wars characters. Many would prefer to play one of the series most popular and iconic characters. Pegg, however, would like to take the road less traveled.

Cinema Blend reports Pegg revealed which character he wants to play on The Mandalorian. “I’ve mentioned it a few times, but surely, if Taika [Waititi] and [Jon] Favreau decide to bring Dengar into The Mandalorian, then I have some form [of experience] in the past having played him in Star Wars: Battlefront and The Clone Wars. So just saying. I heard they just employed Katee Sackhoff to play a character that wasn’t in the movies but she played it before in a different Star Wars thing, so just saying.”

The identity of Dengar

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Who is Dengar? He’s not a character like Darth Vader or Jar Jar Binks who people that have never seen a Star Wars movie can recognize. He’s actually an extremely minor character in the Star Wars films.

Dengar made his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. He shows up in the scene where Darth Vader tells a group of bounty hunters he will reward them handsomely if they can track down the Millenium Falcon. Dengar is completely silent in the scene. Of all the bounty hunters Darth Vader talked to, the one who garnered the most attention from fans both back in the 1980s and today was Boba Fett, not Dengar.

Dengar’s appearance in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

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However, Dengar made enough of an impression to appear in many other works of Star Wars media. Pegg played him previously in the popular animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He finally got to return to the Skywalker saga with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In The Rise of Skywalker, Dengar looked very different than he did in The Empire Strikes Back and, because of that, some fans didn’t even notice the character had returned to the silver screen.

 Why did Dengar look so different? Digital Spy has an answer. According to The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary, “As age began slowing his reflexes and dulling his senses, [Dengar] turned to black-market surgical clinics to replace damaged or wizened body parts with ones that will give him an advantage in his dangerous trade. Poor decision making has led to a ghastly appearance.”

Will we learn about his metamorphosis in The Mandalorian? We’ll see. If Pegg is in the role, it will likely be interesting.

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