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Simon Pegg on ‘Star Wars’ vs. ‘Star Trek’: ‘There’s room for everybody’

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It's a pretty big universe. Can't Trekkies just learn to get along with, er, Warsies? (Thanks to ComicBookMovie.com for the suggested moniker.)

Actually, the so-called longtime conflict between the two fanbases may be an exaggerated one, at least according to "Star Trek" cast member Simon Pegg. The British actor, who plays Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott in both "Star Trek" and the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness," feels that "Trek" director J.J. Abrams signing on to also do "Star Wars" isn't going to bring peace between the two factions ... because he doesn't really feel they're at odds with each other in the first place.

"I've always been a fan of both ... I've never come across someone who likes 'Star Trek' but hates 'Star Wars,'" said Abrams in an interview with Digital Spy. "If you are that, then clearly that's a sign of some sort of illness, 'cause there's room for everybody."

Even though Abrams' involvement in both franchises isn't as "heroic" as some may perceive it, Pegg is still happy that his friend got the gig ... and hopes he corners the market, at least where a certain word in the title is concerned.

"I think it's great that J.J. is doing it," said Pegg, who first worked with the director on "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). "I hope he does more films with 'Star' before the first word. I think he should do 'Starbucks' as well. 'Starman.' 'Stars in Their Eyes.' Just get 'em all."

When asked whether he's been approached to play a role in Abrams' "Episode VII," Pegg didn't exactly deny such a scenario but reminded us that it's still very early in the process.

"There's no script yet," Pegg said in reference to the screenplay being penned by Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine") with consultation by "Star Wars" veteran Lawrence Kasdan. "I met with [Abrams] and congratulated him but it's not written, so there's no casting or anything yet."

Simon Pegg would make a great C-3PO if Anthony Daniels isn't up for returning. Just sayin'.

Pegg will next be seen in "Star Trek Into Darkness," opening May 17. "The World's End," his new comedy with frequent collaborators Edgar Wright and Nick Frost, opens in the UK on August 14 and in the U.S. on October 25.

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