Here is yet another recasting rumor for you to mull over, this time for Scotty. The Scottish tabloid The Sunday Mail is reporting that Last King Of Scotland star James McAvoy is the leading candidate to play the iconic engineer in Star Trek XI. The paper cites a ‘studio insider’ saying that "the producers are keen to have a Scot play Scotty." It is hard to judge the validity of this report, but it isn’t a good sign that the paper takes it as a given that Matt Damon has been signed on to play Kirk, quoting their source as saying "they (the producers) think he could form a brilliant double act with Matt (Damon)". For the record, Matt Damon has previously stated that he has yet to be approached by the studio. In addition, negotiations for any roles will not happen until after Trek XI gets an approved budget (with the possible exception of the leads and possibly Shatner and Nimoy).
Not a bad choice
True or not, Paramount could do a lot worse than the 27 year old actor who has been getting very high praise for his work in Last King of Scotland and is reported to be a big sci fi fan as well. TrekMovie.com has already stated the opinion that a Scot for Scotty would be a good move (although preferring 300‘s Gerard Butler). However depending on the exact timeframe of the movie, McAvoy may be a bit young to play someone who is should be older than Kirk.
Regardless, this and the other reports like this show how a return to the iconic characters of Kirk, Spock, Scotty, etc. gives this film built in promotional potential as both rumors and actual reports of the various recastings will get wide coverage. Until the final casting announcements are complete, these types of reports will become more frequent, take them all (even ones from Trekmovie.com) with the appropriate grains of salt