Simon Pegg is considering "retiring" from starring in "nerd" films.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

The 'Star Trek Beyond' actor and writer - who also played Unkar Plutt in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - is keen to try his hand at further drama projects after appearing in several "childish" movies throughout his career.

The 46-year-old star said: "I had an odd sense of ennui after I finished 'Star Trek'. I got home and thought, 'What do I want to do now?'

"I genuinely didn't really know. I kind of felt that I'd ticked a lot of boxes. So I think I'm going to evolve, and maybe I'll retire from nerddom.

"You know, I'm an old guy now and I don't feel the draw towards childish things as much as I used to. I would like to do more, maybe branch away to do drama."

Pegg felt "terrified" when he was tasked with co-writing 'Star Trek Beyond' alongside Doug Jung because he cares so much about the sci-fi series and didn't want to let the die-hard fans down.

The star - who appeared as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the film- added to Time Out magazine: "I found writing 'Star Trek' borderline terrifying, but at the same time, I couldn't say no.

"It was, 'I'm going to have to embrace the terror to do this.'

"Because it's something I really value and care about. And it's one of those things where you're essentially putting yourself in the firing line for those who expect a certain something - that's everyone these days.

"Just being given the keys to this kingdom. It's a gigantic, historically loved, 50-year-old story.

"In all of its iterations, it's probably the most significant science-fiction anthology of the modern age.

"To be given access to that in a creative capacity felt daunting. I was just like, 'Holy s**t.' "

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