Simon Pegg loves that his new film isn't about space travel or climbing skyscrapers.

The British actor successfully made the transition from a UK TV star to a Hollywood player with roles in big budget franchises like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible.

However he also still likes to play more low-key roles, which is why he enjoyed working on Man Up with Lake Bell. The film tells the story of a single woman who finds her perfect boyfriend after being mistaken for his blind date.

"The most far-fetched element of the film is that someone called Lake would go for this face. That is the real head-scratcher," Simon laughed to the British version of Hello! magazine.

"It's one of these scripts that you identify with because it's personable, warm and real. And the fact that it's not about intergalactic space travel and super-spies climbing skyscrapers - I'm referring to myself, naturally - is nice."

The third instalment of the Star Trek movies is currently in production, and is slated for a 2016 release.

Simon's name has also been thrown into the mix for J.J. Abrams new Star Wars film, Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

"That's just a rumour. Everybody thinks because I'm friends with him [J.J., who helmed the first two Star Trek flicks], I'll automatically be in Star Wars. That's not to say I won't be. I'm just annoyed by the rumours," he sighed.

Simon will soon be on the promo trail for the new Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation which hits cinemas in July. It's the third time he's starred in one of the films, and he now calls action hero Tom Cruise a close friend.

"I've a great relationship with Tom. He's incredibly professional and really funny. I know it's weird to hear simply because it's Tom Cruise, but once you get to know him, he's really quite normal," Simon said.