A while back we squashed the Matt Damon will play Kirk rumor being trumpeted by IGN, and now (ironically) IGN has a video of Damon both denying the rumor and starting up a new one. Damon says that he talked to J.J. Abrams about the ‘internet rumor’ and recounts how Abrams told him they are looking ‘much younger,’ and that the film is ‘the early years’ of Kirk. Watch it…
Damon thinks they are looking for an actor around 20 years old. Although TrekMovie.com has reported that they are looking at ‘younger’ (and lesser known) actors, it isn’t clear that they are looking as young as 20. From what I have heard I think the new Kirk will be in his mid or maybe even late 20s. However, if they want to do the usual trilogy of films (or more) around the new cast, then it helps to start as young as possible. [btw rumored possible new Spock Zachary Quinto just turned 30] Hopefully we will know more next week when TrekMovie.com reports live from the Star Trek/Paramount presentation at Comic-Con
Damon still seems open to the idea of Kirk, noting how he would be interested if they do future movies where the character was closer to his age. However it seems unlikely that they would recast Kirk again for the second or third movies.
sometimes I get asked…so here is a quick transcript
IGN: have you been approached to play Captain Kirk?
Damon: No, that was an internet rumor. In fact I saw William Shatner commented on it which I thought was great. He said "I think he would make a good Captain Kirk" which I thought was really cool. But now, in fact I know that JJ is directing it and I talked to JJ and said "what is the deal" and he’s like "no, the Kirk in my movie is much younger, it’s like the early years." So I think he is hiring probably like a 20 year old actor or something. So no it’s just an internet rumor.
IGN: oh, it would have been awesome…
Damon: oh thanks, maybe if they do the progression then I can play him