Last week George Takei was recommending a new Sulu and this week Walter Koeing has advice for a new Chekov (although we still don’t know if either will be in the new movie). The new site Trekdom has an interview with the original Chekov where he talks about the origins of his Star Trek character and the subject of Trek XI came up. Koenig offered this advice for the new Chekov "stay out of shadows and insist on dialogue that does more than simply advance the plot." In the past Koenig has expressed his view that the ‘secondary’ characters in Trek (especially in the films) often had interchangeable dialog. Regardless Koenig is optimistic about Trek’s longevity, saying "For what it’s worth, if I knew of a way of collecting I’d wager substantial rubles that, in one form or another, it will definitely out live me." Check out the full interview at Trekdom.
Koenig also appeared in a live chat with fans at Trek United. One of the questions regarded if he would be interested in being in Star Trek XI, here is his reply
I can only imagine that if I were offered a role it would be in a cameo part that would probably be most significant insofar as that I was there as a visual presence. I can’t believe that they would think of me in some role that was substantial to the story. And why should they?
Click here for the full transcript.