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Tabloid Rumor: Robbie Williams as Kirk July 27, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Rumor,ST09 Cast , trackback

RobbieWilliamsKirkThere is a new rumor being floated by the UK’s Daily Star tabloid that singer Robbie Williams (wiki page) is  in "final discussions" to be the new James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek film. According to their report Williams is a big time Trekkie who "jumped at the chance." The Star even claims to have a quote from  director JJ Abrams saying "I think he’d be a good Captain Kirk. The Kirk in my movie is quite young, it’s like the early years…. But I can’t comment on who we are casting just yet. You’ll have to wait." cannot confirm this rumor and has heard nothing about it to date (unlike both the Nimoy and Quinto casting which there were rumblings of for the last couple months).

The 33 year old (recently out of rehab) Williams is an accomplished singer, but has almost no acting experience. At his Comic-Con panel yesterday JJ Abrams announced his new Spock (Zachary Quinto), but did say he was still looking for his Kirk and noted that it was ‘tough’ to cast the role.[see story] Anything is possible, but bear in mind the Star is the same tabloid that claimed Tom Cruise would be playing Spock.

Photoshop of Williams/Kirk by community member Steve Moss (who did our Quinto/Spock image as well) 


1. THEETrekMaster - July 27, 2007

FIRST!!! GOD NO!!!! He looks more like Pike anyway!

2. ObiWanCon - July 27, 2007

I feel a shamed to be in the same country as this tabloid is published what load of horse SH!T.


3. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 27, 2007

My gut tells me this is a no go. Star Trek actors typically are chosen for having strong, if somewhat untested, acting skills. A beginning actor, yes, but a non-acting singer hoping to cross over?

4. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 27, 2007

P.S. — And this is Kirk we’re talking about… they’d better not be taking any chances.

5. Charlie - July 27, 2007

I for one will honor the boycott of this whole crap of a reimaged movie!

6. fred - July 27, 2007

omg no please say it no, still its the daily star who reads that ?a part from twits with no brains! and they only buy to look at the tits!! so no real news in there

7. MiamiTrek - July 27, 2007

Just a story to sell more tabloids. #5 – chill on the boycott until we have more info in November.

8. Scott Gammans - July 27, 2007

Robbie is a great performer, but I just don’t see him as Kirk. And if this really IS a retro Trek movie, you know that there’s gotta be the requisite shirtless Kirk scene… what are they going to do about the tats that cover most of Robbie’s torso?

9. Lao3D - July 27, 2007

Now that I’ve seen the source of this rumor, I think it we can safely dismiss it. Meanwhile the REAL new Kirk has been found living in a cave right next to Batboy.

10. Admiral Kent - July 27, 2007

Yeah, right…for some reason this douche bag’s name keeps being dragged out by the British tabloids whenever something big is being cast. Uh, he was also supposed to be the next James Bond.

His Uncle must own The Sun or something.

Pure bullsh*t! Don’t even give it a second thought.

11. ZoomZoom - July 27, 2007

If there is any truth in this, and JJ is reading this, then for gods sake NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
#10- thanks for the metaphorical ‘slap across the face’- I needed that.

12. snake - July 27, 2007


Funny thing is some berk brits will read that and then tell all their work mates at the factory ‘ere ave you read that Robbie is gonna be in star wars?’

theres no way that monkey man will be cast in anything.

13. dalek - July 27, 2007

He is the sort of person who would probably “Moon” you at the red carpet on premiere night. The rumour is absolutely hysterical! lmao

14. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

“Funny thing is some berk brits will read that and then tell all their work mates at the factory ‘ere ave you read that Robbie is gonna be in star wars?’”

Do we have any factories anymore?

Anyway, I can’t believe this has even been posted on this site. Waste of space.

15. Sonix - July 27, 2007

At least this Kirk can actually sing. ;)

16. karanadon - July 27, 2007

“Accomplished singer”?!?! Ish. Very ish. This is clearly a very VERY unfunny joke.

And plus, I thought they said they were still “taking names” for Kirk and that he wasn’t casted yet? Oh, and being a UK resident I can vouch for the Star’s word being worth nada-zip-zero-zilch, too.

But maybe they’re just saying this so that when they announce the REAL Kirk it’ll be a huge collective sigh of relief on all our parts, whoever he happens to be!! I mean, how many times has it been said that Shatner definitely wouldn’t be in, and now they’re thinking yes or maybe? Probably just preparing us for the real bombshell…

17. JC - July 27, 2007

HE WOULD MAKE A GOOD TRELANE.Cause he’s a dandy who’s foppish.

18. Sci-Fi Bri - July 27, 2007

this just in… justin timberlake to play mccoy… more news soon

19. snake - July 27, 2007

Shatner is frickin awesome singer:

20. ZoomZoom - July 27, 2007

#12 sadly BBC Radio2 also gave it air time this morning. I nearly choked on my cornflakes when I heard it. It really blackened my happy mood after having had an early morning read of TrekMovie and seeing Leonard and Quinto were on board.

21. snake - July 27, 2007

beyonce for Uhura

22. snake - July 27, 2007

Beyonce for Uhura


23. JC - July 27, 2007

-or-He could play a crewman who gets his brains scrambled in a transporter accident.(what a stretch)

24. doubleofive - July 27, 2007

I say that we stop reporting on rumors, and wait for official Paramount press releases or direct quotes from JJ Abrams that actually have a source instead of “JJ said ‘This would be good’ when I ran into a guy that looked like him on the street”.

25. JC - July 27, 2007

Paris Hilton for Rand.(that’s hot).

26. ZoomZoom - July 27, 2007

#23 pmsl!
I’d offer to scramble whats left of this nitwits brain.
thanks guys- I feel better seeing that you lot are treating this rumour with the contempt that I felt on hearing it.

27. snake - July 27, 2007

this much is NOT a rumour though – the fact that its a report created by the British media for some unknown stupid reason; probably to get people in the USA to actually take an interest in him and his crappy music.

28. trekmaster - July 27, 2007

1st April joke!?

29. Rastaman - July 27, 2007


Yeah, maybe they got their Star Trek Captains confused. Not that I’m actually buying this at all, but I could see him as Pike.

30. CmdrR. - July 27, 2007

JJ says production begins in November. We have a ways yet to ignore reports of idiot-casting like this one.
Still, so GREAT to get this flood of info and mis-info. HA, what a time to be a Trekkie!

31. ZoomZoom - July 27, 2007

#27- absolutely right.

32. Robert April - July 27, 2007

Robbie Williams? OMG NO.

“Get a Life!”

33. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

#19. snake
I’ve only seen that a couple of times, it’s very funny. What makes it even funnier is Mr. Shatner talking about it:

I’m kind of feeling my way into an area that I… I’m discovering”


34. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - July 27, 2007


35. TOS Fan Forever - July 27, 2007

And Mr. Williams will be performing the new Star Trek theme song, too.

Just kidding.

Remember folks, it’s a U.K. tabloid. Most likely a bogus report. Abrams is still looking for the new James T. Kirk, as reported at San Diego Comic Con. Don’t freak out yet.

And for the record, if they went with Robbie Williams, my response would be: “Dear God, NO!!! “

36. Pr011 - July 27, 2007

The Star is a national embarrassment – the lowest of the tabloids. This is the rag that gives over 50% of its pages to coverage (or indeed, the lack of coverage of various places) of Big Brother contestants. Total Rubbish.

This just isn’t true.

37. snake - July 27, 2007

my response would be..

9mm hollow point in my head

38. TrekLog » Blog Archive » Noch mehr Trek-Gerüchte - July 27, 2007

[…] Jaja, die Gerüchteküche brodelt weiter und gönnt uns keine Verschaufpause. Kaum hat J. J. Abrams auf der Comic Con darüber gesprochen, dass es noch kein Kirk-Casting gab und man noch nach einem passenden Kirk suche, taucht irgendwoher die Meldung auf (UK’s Daily Star), dass Robbie Williams an einer Rolle als Kirk super interessiert sei und auch einige Verantwortliche meinen, dass dem so sei…Naja, wahrscheinlich hat dieses Gerücht denselben Stellenwert wie einst die Sache mit Tom Cruise als Spock bzw. Daniel Craig als Kirk…denn so ganz passen tut es ja nicht, da Robbie Williams zwar (wie Kirk zu Beginn der Serie) mittlerweile ein Alter von 33 Jahren erreicht hat, doch Abrams laut Matt Damon einen Kirk sucht, der altersmäßig so in den 20ern steckt… Wie auch immer, die zweite Geschichte betrifft Star Trek: The Next Generation. Nachdem man die Originalserie mehr oder weniger erfolgreich für HD und mit neuen Effekten remastered hat, werden nun Überlegungen angestellt, wie man selbiges mit TNG durchführen kann. Das Problem bei TNG ist jedoch das schlechte Ausgangsmaterial, und somit muss man erstmal testen, ob es sich lohnt, die Effekte zu überarbeiten oder komplett neu zu machen (wie bei TOS-R geschehen). Ich persönlich meine, man sollte da nicht zimperlich sein. Denn der Kontrast dürfte bei up-to-date SFX nicht ganz so unpassend krass wirken, wie wenn man die Originalserie konsequent mit heutigen Effekten ausgestattet hätte. Bei TNG fiele das somit eigentlich gar nicht auf, denn wie ich einst schon mal schrieb, so ist das Produktionsdesign auch heute noch zukunftsträchtig, so dass moderne Effekte überhaupt nicht unpassend wirken dürften – eher im Gegenteil. […]

39. Adam Cohen - July 27, 2007

He looks like Vanilla Ice.

Vanilla Ice can’t captain a starship.

40. snake - July 27, 2007

heres the Daily Star link if anyone wants a laugh:

41. Adam - July 27, 2007

Not going to happen. If it is, I’ll explode. (It is the Daily Star, which means everything must be read with an entire salt mine.)

42. fred - July 27, 2007

yeah i think we are look at the tabloids paper for all our itel on trek daily star the sun( fine if you want page 3)and the daily sport(if you want page 3 on every other page) remind me please which one of them reported that in trek 6 kirk was to become a Preacher or something and spock was going to rape someone one the bridge of the enterprise

43. Cenobyte - July 27, 2007

that would be the stupidest casting in the history of movies, bar none… i trust JJ Abrams not to make that mistake

44. Trekkie33years - July 27, 2007

Puff Diddy would be a better choice for Kirk than this dipshit.

45. Diabolik - July 27, 2007

I can’t see it… but I am beginning to realise we won’t be seeing the Big E (at least as their ship) or the other cast members such as Uhura and Sulu.

This is a pre-Enterprise adventure. Which is a little sad, but to be expected. Maybe we’ll get to see Pike on his ship….

46. VOODOO - July 27, 2007

Robbie Williams is a tool.

Plus, nobody in the United States even knows who this guy is.

47. IrishTrekkie - July 27, 2007

guys come on ligthen up , there is no way in hell ! he will be kirk ! , we all know that , its nothing to get worryed about , i mean you can understand the matt damon rumours , but this is just a joke, Abrams is not that stupid , i just think its funny , as i know this will never ever happen !

48. billy don't be a hiro - July 27, 2007

English tabloids – no lie too outlandish to print

Good for a larf though.

49. THEETrekMaster - July 27, 2007


50. Dom - July 27, 2007

Usual cheap tabloid tat. Par for the course in the UK. In any other story, newspapers are ***supposed**** to print the truth. But in the case of entertainment, it seems they’re simply allowed to make it up!

For years, they claimed that David Hasselhoff would be playing the Doctor in Doctor Who, with Pamela Anderson as his companion and the the TARDIS console would have a pair of rap-speaking disembodied lips instead of a time rotor column!!


51. DFG - July 27, 2007

No, please NO. He’s pop star and no bloody actor. Put him in the part of Kirk and the movie will die for sure. I’m in the UK but I don’t buy newspapers. Looks like Captain Pike, no, more like a prat. You can tell I’m not keen on him can’t you. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this awful rumour.

I don’t know really how they are going put senior Kirk in the story line because as you all know he’s been killed off but a cool way to return him would be he comes back as a ghost while say Spock is meditating.

52. MP - July 27, 2007








I will stop, at some point i promise, but please JAMIE BAMBER for KIRK!!!
Please? :)

53. Dennis Bailey - July 27, 2007

Williams looks quite a bit like Shatner, but given his lack of acting experience it seems unlikely that the studio would sign off on placing a big-budget film on his shoulders.

And yeah, regardless of how much “freedom” Abrams has, no one will be cast in this movie unless they’re acceptable to the people running Paramount Pictures.

54. JC - July 27, 2007

Robbie William’s publicist probably planted the story to keep him in the public eye.Pretty transparent publicity stunt.

55. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

#52. MP
Are you his agent?

56. tmb - July 27, 2007

Honestly, they really should look at doing open casting calls for the role of Kirk. That way they have more potential to find the “right” person for the role.

57. Fred Blogs - July 27, 2007

It must be true, it’s in writing.

58. Chuck Amuck - July 27, 2007

Oh, those wacky Brits! Gotta love ’em.

Seriously, there’s no way in hell.

59. Ryan - July 27, 2007

I swear to God, this guy looks like he should be on Jackass.

60. Thomas - July 27, 2007

This must be a big week for the tabloids; first, the Weekly World News is shutting down, now they’re putting Robbie Williams as Kirk. Fortunately, I am familiar enough with the Daily Star (I live in the U.S. btw) to immediately dismiss the story. Despite some initial uncertainty, J.J. Abrams has made moves of which fans seem to largely approve. He just seems too smart to make such a gross miscalculation.

61. Thomas - July 27, 2007

Sorry to double post, but I totally agree with you, Ryan. He looks like Steve-O, only slightly less beaten.

62. MP - July 27, 2007

#55 No, but he’s a great actor and i think he cold be able to bring that sweet and cocky charm to the character. If one can say sweet and cocky charm, but that’s a whole different thing. So…

JAMIE BAMBER for Kirk!!!

Or what about Katee Sackhoff? A female Captain Kirk!

63. Oceanhopper - July 27, 2007

This is utter, UTTER codswallop.

The Star is full of sh*t every single day.

American readers – don’t believe a word of it. There’s more chance of JJ Abrahms casting Elvis as Kirk.

Or me for that matter!

64. madcynic - July 27, 2007

Well, one thing you can be sure of: If Williams were to play Kirk, the film would open up new audiences for the franchise. Still doesn’t make it one iota more credible though.

65. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

#62 MP
Just google’d Katee Sackhoff. I think she just might be able to pull it off so to speak.

66. Jon - July 27, 2007

Definitely an advocate of the Jamie Bamber Crowd, he could pull it off awesomely

67. Flake - July 27, 2007

Look on the bright side, its publicity.

68. Greg2600 - July 27, 2007

I’d rather have Robin Williams than Robbie Williams

69. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

#62 MP
Sorry to spam, but I’ve just google’d JAMIE BAMBER as well as I didn’t know anything about him. It says ‘born in Hammersmith London”. Does he live in the UK or was he just born here?

I’m English but I still think Star-Trek should have an American actor playing Kirk. Having said that, Isn’t Mr. Shatner Canadian? To us English (well, to me anyway) there’s no distinguishing the accent.

Out of curiosity, do Americans think of Shatner/Kirk as American?

70. Major Joe Ely Carrales, CAP - July 27, 2007

69. non-fanatic – July 27, 2007

Out of curiosity, do Americans think of Shatner/Kirk as American?

Ideally, yes. However, I’m certain that a good British Actor who could portray an “American” with no trace of accent, would fly.

I recall, my brother pruchased some “Transformers” series remained in production Japan. They where translated into Aussie Accented English and…the reaction to it in South Texas was…

1) to laught
2) to find it annoying that the characters, played originall by long time American voices
3) TO disinterest…no one finished watching these DVDs and they remain their next to some DVDs we got of a dollar at Wal*Mart.

It is not a “Americanistic” view to have Kirk played by someone with a NorthAmerican accent…but Picard was a Frenchmen that spoke with a British accent. Most people believe, when I show TNG to them, that Picard is British.

It woudl be just like casting Mr. Bean as of African American Decent, or the cast of Monty Python as Americans with a British Animator. It just “puts boogers in the oatmeal.”

71. Oceanhopper - July 27, 2007

I think it is pretty preordained that Kirk will be either American or Canadian.

The bad guy in the movie will, as always, be played by a Brit.
*rolls eyes*

72. JC - July 27, 2007

Jamie Bamber?No.No no no.Josh Duhamel.That’s Your new Kirk,baby.Yea Josh Duhamel.

73. Duh! - July 27, 2007

#69 – Out of curiosity, do Americans think of Shatner/Kirk as American?

Um, yeah. After all, where’s the birthplace of James T. Kirk? IOWA, U.S.A.

74. Demode - July 27, 2007

What a joke. As if…

75. Allister Gourlay - July 27, 2007

God help us.. next it will be the Spice Girls as Orion slaves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

76. norm - July 27, 2007

I’ll pass on this movie if he’s in it!

77. Elliot - July 27, 2007

noooo please no. get a good actor to play kirk. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

78. Elliot - July 27, 2007

noooo please no. get a good actor to play kirk. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

79. petitspock - July 27, 2007

I hope the creators of this site see this post. If this is a movie about Kirk’s early years, has anybody asked if Gary Mitchel will make an appearance?

80. sean - July 27, 2007

It’s bogus. There’s no way Abrams would screw the pooch like this. Robbie just likes people talking about him.

81. ZtoA - July 27, 2007

As long as we’re having an open mic night on playing young Kirk… here are some others who should be considered.

Johnny Knoxville (Jackass)
Seann Wiliam Scott (Stifler on American Pie)
Seth Green (Austin Powers)
Chris Klein (American Pie)
Orlando Bloom
Harry Connick Jr.

More serious candidates would be:
Dallas Roberts (Walk The Line)
Kevin Connolly (Entourage)
Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)
Tehmoh Penikett (Helo on BG)
Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor – Smallville)

Rosario Dawson
– No others need apply –

David Tennant ( New Dr. Who)
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

82. sean - July 27, 2007


By my count, only one TOS Trek villain was British, and that was General Chang (Christopher Plummer). Otherwise, the villains were an AI Probe(STI), a Mexican playing an Indian (STII), an American playing a Klingon (STIII), a giant TP dispenser (STIV) and Americans playing a crazy Vulcan and superbeing posing as God, respectively (STV).

83. Xai - July 27, 2007

Ummm… no. He’s a Brit?
No offense, but like others said, he’s American.. an Iowan. There’s only one Brit actor that I’ve seen that can completely emliminate the accent and that’s the guy from House on Fox.

And he’s not an actor?

Nope… Strike Three….. yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr Out!

84. Woulfe - July 27, 2007

Robin Williams ?

The Comedian ?

As Kirk ?

Robbie Williams ?

Never heard of him, should I have ?

85. Crusade2267 - July 27, 2007

I’ll wager Kirk will be a big break for some unknown.

As for Kirk being American… well he is from Iowa.

86. Mark Lynch - July 27, 2007

What about Christian Bale? The first thing I remember seeing him in was American Psycho and I had no idea he was a fellow Brit….

87. JC - July 27, 2007

Robbie Williams.An English pop star who’s addicted to drugs and drama

88. JC - July 27, 2007

Get well Robbie.Sorry if I’m busting your chops.I like You.But GET WELL!!!

89. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

“Um, yeah. After all, where’s the birthplace of James T. Kirk? IOWA, U.S.A”
“As for Kirk being American… well he is from Iowa.”

Right, sorry, I didn’t know that. I’m not big on the details.

90. non-fanatic - July 27, 2007

#84 Woulfe

“Robbie Williams ? Never heard of him, should I have ?”

No, you’re better off not knowing. I wish I’d never heard of him.

91. Captain Robert April - July 27, 2007

Phhs, they can’t bee serious. I’d forget seeing the movie if this were true. He looks nothing of the part. I can’t see Captain Kirk getting his shirt ripped and showing off those tattoos! He does look more like Pike anyway which has been pointed out. Maybe a small role as Pike, but not Kirk!!

92. nobrainer - July 27, 2007


93. Cygnus-X1 - July 27, 2007

Yeah, it’s a pretty ridiculous idea to cast someone with limited acting experience in such an important, iconic role, with such far-reaching consequences.

Abrams et al have been prudent so far. Unless this Robbie Williams is an absolutely fantastic, naturally gifted actor, whose been taking lessons to bone up his skills, I don’t see them taking such a blind leap.

94. Cygnus-X1 - July 27, 2007

P.S. – I enjoyed this one quite a bit:

95. Cygnus-X1 - July 27, 2007

P.P.S. – There’s a four-letter, naughty word in the above clip.

Kids shouldn’t watch it, or, they will suffer irreversible psychological damage.

96. Cranston - July 27, 2007

#82 sean — Nope, Plummer’s not a Brit either. He’s another Canadian!

Still, I agree that I can’t think of any/many Trek villains played either by Brits or played as British characters. Soran in Generations and Shinzon in Nemesis come to mind.

(But the original poster’s point is definitely true — overall in American movies, if you’ve got a powerful bad guy, he’s probably going to be British. I think that holds even more true in American SF movies.)

97. ZoomZoom - July 27, 2007

#82 and #96 thats quite true- Plummer is Canadian (and a fine actor as well) and a friend of William Shatner in their early years as struggling actors I believe?

98. Keith (in Brighton, England) - July 28, 2007

Captain Berk

99. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 28, 2007

#86 – Christian Bale is now too old for the part, and way too famous.

As to Jamie Bamber, he’s now too famous. And, he’s Apollo, for chrissakes, he can’t be TWO iconic sci-fi characters!

I’d watch Katee Sackhoff recite the phonebook, but a female Kirk would make for a massive reboot, so I’m gonna vote no on that.

100. Trevok - July 28, 2007

Like others have already stated this is just another one of those crazy rumors. He won’t get the role for 2 reasons. 1 he’s to old, 2 they need an experianced actor in such a key role.

101. JC - July 28, 2007

Josh Duhamel

102. Matt - July 28, 2007

103. Wil Tippon - July 28, 2007

No Way!

104. Chuck Amuck - July 28, 2007

I think Jamie Bamber and Josh Duhamel are a bit too old. Abrams appears to be looking for someone between the ages of 20 and 30 to play Kirk (likely between 25 and 30). Bamber and Duhamel are both 34. Someone at Memory Alpha suggested Stephen Dorff last night, but he may also be a bit too old (he turns 34 tomorrow). You need to think younger, folks – someone born between 1977 and 1982.

#81: Dallas Roberts (37), Kevin Connolly (33), and Michael Rosenbaum (35) are a bit too old, I think. Tahmoh Penikett is 32… he might pass as Kirk. As for the others … no. ;)

As long as we’re throwing names out there… how about Chris Pine? He’s 27 and I think he has the acting chops needed for such a pivotal role. He doesn’t look an awful lot like Kirk, but a little makeup and a proper performance should fix that. He also hasn’t really had a breakthrough role yet. You can see him in such films as Princess Diaries 2, Just My Luck, and the awesome Smokin’ Aces, where he plays the lead Tremor brother. Here’s his IMDb page:

One more thing: what happened to the news item listing Variety’s top ten most-anticipated films at Comic Con? It just… vanished. :(

105. Xai - July 28, 2007

this is a red herring

106. Admiraldeem - July 28, 2007

How about Chris Evans? Kirk was usually in heat after all.

107. TJ Trek - July 28, 2007

F*#CK no. If this is true, then the whole star trek franchize has gone down the crapper. However, with that said, I can not possible believe this is true. Why? Because I know that J.J is smart enough to know that the Star trek franchize has never been about star power (not pun there). It’s been about good (although not neccesarly award winning) solid acting. Nimoy, Stwart, Spiner, etc….see what I mean. A singer turned actor would just destroy the franchize, vaporize it, etc. That would almost automaticly signal two badly recieved Star trek Films in a row. Besides with what I here about what’s his face from HEROS playing spock, who is reported to be solid good actor…he would need some one of at least his calibor to be his friend James T. Kirk. I can’t Spock hanging with a singer turned Starship captain.

108. ZoomZoom - July 28, 2007

#104- yes, Chris Pine looks good.

109. Thomas - July 28, 2007

# 97:
Shatner and Plummer used to do theater work together very early in their careers. They were even part of the same theatrical company as the actress who did the voice of Trixie on “Speed Racer”. At least that’s what the Speed Racer Volume 1 DVD says.

110. Major Joe Ely Carrales, CAP - July 28, 2007

What are the chances this was put up here to get increduolus comments from the Brits on the forum?

I’ve never heard of Robbie Williams other than via wiki and this latest device. He doesn’t seem right for the role.

I can see the post Trek 11 press…
“The SHAT was James T. Kirk…Robbie Williams shat on James T. Kirk.”

111. Tim Handrahan - July 28, 2007

I ilke the idea of Chris Pine or Kevin Connolly.

112. Charley W - July 28, 2007

They’d have to spend half the movie’s budget on CG work to cover up the tattoos and needle marks. At twice Williams’ age, Shatner’s JTK looked twice as good, while if Williams makes it to that age he’s going to look like he’s 75. Who’s Robbie Williams, anyway???

I suspect some publicist saw an opportunity for publicity and went with it.

113. non-fanatic - July 28, 2007

“F*#CK no. If this is true, then the whole star trek franchize has gone down the crapper. However, with that said, I can not possible believe this is true. Why?”

Some previous posters have pointed out clearly that the paper this was printed in is not something to be taken seriously. Just forget it. I don’t read the papers and I certainly wouldn’t read this one, but anyone who does read it would just smile and turn the page.

Think of it as a sort of jokey comic for brain donors.

114. ZtoA - July 28, 2007

More interesting choices for Kirk. Keep in mind they can easily make 30 year-olds look like 20 year-olds… and 20 year-olds look like high-schoolers.

Jeremy Piven (Smokin’ Aces)
Ryan Reynolds (Smokin’ Aces, Van Wilder)
James Franco (Harry Osborn – Spiderman)
Topher Grace (Spiderman 3)
Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show)

115. Smike van Dyke - July 28, 2007

Good Lord, not Robbie Williams! He might have been a decent James Bond (prior to the PERFECT choice Daniel Craig), but Kirk will be played by Eion Bailey. He’s already connected to a JJ Abrams TV project and he virtually looks like a Shatner clone. He’s 31 (almost as young as Quinto) and he is a relatively unknown actor not linked to any major genre role. He WILL BE KIRK…Forget the Williams rumor…

116. Neal - July 28, 2007

Is Kirk American? Is the pope catholic?
That’s why Bamber will never fly as Kirk.

117. andoriano - July 28, 2007

arrrrrggggg que asco como sea este kirk no voy a ver la pelicula


118. Thorny - July 28, 2007

God no, not Williams. I’m hoping this is just tabloid baloney.

How about…

Shane West (ER)
Ian Somerhalder (Lost)
Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters)

Or just get Richard Dawson. He’s already played a New Kirk once… :-)

119. ZoomZoom - July 29, 2007

#115, yes Bailey looks good. Handsome enough, for sure..

120. Chuck Amuck a.k.a. Shran - July 29, 2007

ZtoA@114: Reynolds, Grace and Franco are too well-known, and Piven is far too old. Remember that Abrams is specifically looking for someone young (younger than Matt Damon, who is 37; Piven just turned 42). Abrams will likely be looking for someone a bit younger that Quinto (30); the likes Topher Grace and James Franco (both 29) certainly fit that bill, but I think they’re a bit too well known. Not that that should prevent them from getting the role if they’re right for it, of course.

As for Masterson (31)… maybe. I don’t really see him in the role, though.

Smike van Dyke@115: I’m not sure I’d call him a Shatner clone, but I think Bailey would be good in the role. He might be a bit older than what Abrams is looking for, though (31), but that’s still a young enough age to pass off as late 20-something. Abrams might not see it that way, though.

Thorny@118: Shane West might be a good pick. He did ok in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, although I resented his character being in the film. Ian Somerhalder, however, would be a poor choice, IMO. He can act, yes, but he looks nothing like Kirk and I just don’t think he can pull off the role. As for Dave Annable, I have never seen him act, so I can’t really say for sure. He kinda looks like he could play Kirk, though.

121. Izbot - July 29, 2007

Seeing how worked up this rumor has gotten everyone whose posted here I’d say The Star did a good job at rattlin’ some cages.

122. Allister Gourlay - July 29, 2007

Robbie Willams that would be like casting…
Ricky Martin as Kirk…Its gotta be an unknown…

Ill bet ya all £10.00 (conversion at

123. MartinW - July 29, 2007

Hell NO!!!

I don’t even like the thought of Robbie Winter’s name being mentioned for star trek,thats just fecked up, an what was the proposal for Rand by some of you’s and whatwas the comment by Snake Jessica simpson for Rand,
why?, she’s fecking shit mate, she can’t bloody act, and as for paris hilton
JC wake up and die right….

124. Rachel - July 30, 2007

This may sound odd but I heard a guy in a restaurant saying “I still think we should see James Roday”. At first I thought that might be odd since James Roday is a comic but then I started to wonder if he might be able to pull Kirk off. If they were auditioning James Roday, the guy from Psych for anyone who doesn’t know, and he could pull of the more serious aspects of the performance, I think it might work. Then again, this was just a random guy talking to another random guy about who to “see” for Star Trek. It’s not like the random people have that much control. I suppose we’ll see… just who they decide to “see”.

125. jtcarms - August 3, 2007

Whoever JJ choses whether it be Robbie williams or not, he himself said the choice was extremely difficult. So when the announcement is finally made we can be sure the best man won. It’s not as if its an auction and the highest bidder wins. There is some serious money in the pot for this film and careers on the line. I think we can relax though as I wouldn’t believe the date in the Star. I think everyone is being a little harsh on poor Robbie though, whatever anyone thinks of him he is the one with the millions in the bank and living the dream while we sit here and worry about a film thats over a year away from completion.

126. Matt Lavine’s Left Field News » Blog Archive » Pop Star Robbie Williams May “Beam Up” as Captain Kirk in New Star Trek Film - September 13, 2007

[…] According to, Singer Robbie Williams is in talks with “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams to play the part of Captain Kirk in the next Trek film. Abrams said: “I think he’d be a good Captain Kirk. The Kirk in my movie is quite young, it’s like the early years, But I can’t comment on who we are casting just yet. You’ll have to wait.” Other sites disagree and say that Williams playing Kirk is nothing more than a rumor started by the singer who is a die-hard trekker. […] is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.