In February Scottish actor James McAvoy was reported (by a British tabloid) to be in talks to play Scotty in the new Star Trek movie (story denied to TrekMovie.com by publicist a week later). Although McAvoy himself later stated "there is no truth" to the rumors, the actor seemed to be interested in the part. Now the story is back – the UK’s Sunday Mirror reported that McAvoy "had won the role" of Scotty and a follow-up in The Scottsman claimed McAvoy "was up against famous names and total unknowns." Although this may just be another ‘retread’ story from the tabloids, one source did indicate to TrekMovie.com that there may be some truth to the rumor. Initial calls to McAvoy’s representatives provided no concrete information.
A spokesperson at McAvoy’s publicist’s office contacted TrekMovie.com to say "James McAvoy is not attached to the Star Trek project." When pressed for more info the spokesperson could not give any more details.
The 28 year old actor is currently in Chicago filming Wanted an action film in which he co-stars along with Angeline Jolie. McAvoy is very much a rising star, especially after his BAFTA nominated performance in 2006’s Last King of Scotland. McAvoy may be hot right now, but he is a self-avowed Star Trek fan and has expressed his interest in seeing a real Scot get the role. The leaked casting sheet called for an actor between 28-32 who could do a ‘flawless’ Scottish accent. McAvoy is on the young side of the age range, but certainly has the talent (and of course the accent) for the part.
Some versions of this story contained the line:
According to the Sunday Mirror, original Enterprise Captain William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, now both 76, have signed up to play Captain Kirk and Mr Spock once again in flash-forward scenes.
There is no indication at this point that this is actually true and is likely just based on the reports that Abrams is hoping to put Shatner into the film. This line doesn’t actually appear in the online version of the Mirror story and if Shatner had been signed it is likely not to be burried at the end of a wire service story about McAvoy. As of now Shatner is still not in the new Star Trek movie.