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McAvoy As Scotty – Again? [UPDATE: Rumor Denied - Again] August 20, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

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.

UPDATE: Denied
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.

Shatner confirmed?
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.

Comments

1. StillKirok - August 20, 2007

Honestly, I don’t buy anything from a British tabloid.

Somehow I think if there was something more legit, Trekmovie would get the news fairly quickly and put it up.

2. David - August 20, 2007

These British tabloids are notorious for running with any rumour they can find. If you ask me McAvoy is too young to play Scotty, seeing as Quinto is 30.

3. Shatner_Fan_2000 - August 20, 2007

#2 … I agree, David. If Spock is 30ish, then hopefully Scotty and Bones would be mid-30’s at least.

4. snake - August 20, 2007

shouldnt the actors who play scot and bones be a good 5-10 years older than the ohers?

I mean Kirk should be late 20s/30. I wouldnt want to see any young than late 20s…26 at the minimum really.

Quinto is 30 – thats fine

Bones actor should be about 35

Scot – the same – 35

Chekov – late teens like the guy they have cast

Sulu – early 20s

Uhura – early 20s..

5. snake - August 20, 2007

actually i meant 35 at least….Scot and Bones should ideally be late 30s..

6. Dennis Bailey - August 20, 2007

I don’t think it’s at all likely that an actor’s agent is “unsure” whether the actor has been auditioning for a part. If these folks went from denying McAvoy’s involvement the last time they were asked and are hedging now, something’s up. IMAO, of course.

7. ObiWanCon - August 20, 2007

James McAvoy is a very good actor and a rising star but Scotty needs to be older and more masculine than McAvoy Scotty needs to be played by an actor like Gerard Butler so I hope this is false in fact it probably is false.

8. Anthony Pascale - August 20, 2007

actually Dennis it says ‘the office of his agent’ and not ‘his agent’. McAvoy’s agent (who is based in London) was unavailable…because it turns out she is in Los Angeles (hmmmm)

9. ZoomZoom - August 20, 2007

When are we likely to actually get a finalised Cast announced by?

10. snake - August 20, 2007

7 – Gerald Butler would be PERFECT…however i think hes gonna be filming the Escape From NY remake soon …with Len Wiseman directing…

WTF bother eh?

Still i guess if you were offered Scotty (who’ll be about 5th billing in the movie…if that) or Snake in the EFNY remake i guess you’d choose the latter.

11. Dennis Bailey - August 20, 2007

McAvoy would be good as Scotty. If they cast an African actor to play Uhura that would be great. With all the lip service given to the “international crew” of the original series an actual international cast would be charming. :)

12. cd - August 20, 2007

The poll should read “Which Star Trek actor rumor is the worst?”
All of them are bad, but Ryan Gosling as Kirk is worst.

13. snake - August 20, 2007

Beyonce for Uhura!!

Ewan McGregor for Scottie? All though hes too high profile now due to star wars….

then again he’s always going on about about shit he thinks the prequels were and how he hated doing them so maybe he’d be open to star trek?

14. Anthony Pascale - August 20, 2007

people should not expect the new crew to have the same exact relative ages as the old crew, nor the same exact physiques as the original actors. The key is talent, not copies. Assuming Scotty is a secondary character, then McAvoy is actually over-qualified. I would imagine he would only do the role out of his love of Trek.

15. Cervantes ( Born and bred under a glorious Highland Scottish sky, and consoling myself that at least it's not 'Spud' from 'Trainspotting' playing 'Scotty'... ) - August 20, 2007

#7 ObiWanCon

Aaaargh…I come to this thread for respite from this rumour, and what’s it about… What I feared, that’s what…

Anyhow, I agree, James McAvoy is indeed a good enough actor…it’s just that like you, I have also previously hoped that the role would go to a more Gerard ( ‘300’ ) Butler type young actor, to better match the feel of James Doohan’s ‘experienced’ fightin’ and drinkin’ character persona…

If this is true, as is seeming more likely now…then at least J.J. is at least casting an actual Scot…as opposed to some actor that can ‘speak a flawless Scottish accent’, like say some English actor…shudder…

However, I will be underwhelmed and disappointed if this proves ‘concrete’, as although it may be a minor role, I really think he’s not ‘Chief Engineer Scotty’ material, compared to what I’d hoped for…and believe this is just lazy, uninspired casting of a currently in vogue Scots actor irrelevant of whether he ‘fits’ the actual character or not…so much so that only the casting of Scots actor Ewen ( ‘Spud’ from ‘Trainspotting’ ) Bremner could have been worse…but only just…and at least Ewen could probably ‘take’ James in a brawl, if the situation ever arose…

Now where are my paints Stanky?…I believe I have some placards to knock up… ;)

16. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 20, 2007

Gerard Butler has so many projects line up right now, it is unlikely he will take a role in this film. Two of his films (RockNRolla with Nemesis star Tom Hardy and Nim’s Island with Jodie Foster) are currently shooting. In addition, he’s gearing up to film a prequel to The Untouchables for Brian De Palma, and he has at least three other films in the works, including the Escape from New York remake. So I think it’s rather unlikely that Leonidas will take a role in Trek.

17. Ivory - August 20, 2007

I’d like to believe this story is true, but I doubt it.

18. Ivory - August 20, 2007

Nobody would beat Trek Movie to the punch on such a big story.

19. Terry B. - August 20, 2007

I like the idea of the international cast. I wrote this under another comment, but what would you guys think of Jensen Ackles as Kirk?

20. Anthony Pascale - August 20, 2007

OK people…now the story is being denied….so I guess we can just move on

21. snake - August 20, 2007

hey if Beyonce is Uhura they could get her to sing the theme…

22. Beese - August 20, 2007

Darn I wish the UK tabloids would stop pulling these rubbish casting decisions out of their a*ses…

23. Cervantes - August 20, 2007

YAY!… All is well again…for now… :)

24. Ellie - August 20, 2007

GERARD BUTLER would be a good choice for Scotty! I completely forgot about him…and he has the accent!

25. snake - August 20, 2007

Ok obviously it aint gonna be Beyonce..but I think Noemie Lenoir (Rush Hour 3) would be reaklly good as Uhura:
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/features/2006_swimsuit/images/gallery/photos/06_nlenoir_01.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/features/2006_swimsuit/images/gallery/photos/06_nlenoir_06.jpg

btw i hope Butler is like a HUGE Trekkie and desperatly wants to be Scottie and is willing to fit ST in between his projects…He’d be fantastic

26. star trackie - August 20, 2007

#14- “people should not expect the new crew to have the same exact relative ages as the old crew, nor the same exact physiques as the original actors. The key is talent, not copies.”

Noble thought Anthony, but I have to disagree.

Anyone remember Will Smith as Jim West in the re-imagined “Wild Wild West”? Will is a talented fellow, but c’mon. THAT is the danger of loose cannon re-imagining.

If Leonard Nimoy is in this picture AS Spock from the TV series, the other characters better damn well at least have SOME semblence of age and stature as their TV counterparts. Otherwise it has the chance of becoming “Wild Wild West” all over again.

Does anybody really want that??

27. Pizza Hotdog - August 20, 2007

Since we’re talking about casting, in the previous thread I read here:

(Zachary) Quinto let Nimoy in on news that the Chekov role had been cast with Alpha Dog actor Anton Yelchin.

If this is true, just curious as to why a new thread had not been started with some announcement and fanfare. This would be the third cast? Or would this announcement by Quinto be discounted for some reason? Or am I missing something?

493 dtST

28. fatman Bruno - August 20, 2007

okay, just seen this on YouTube, talk about look-a-likes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZBTDlvShYg

If this link doesn’t work try typing star trek KFC into the youtube search engine

29. snake - August 20, 2007

wow that KFC was almost like a lost episode…

wonder what year its from? did shatner do the voice over?

30. Shatner_Fan_2000 - August 20, 2007

That was finger lickin’ awful.

31. fatman Bruno - August 20, 2007

Being in the U.K. I haven’t seen that before, anyone know how old that advert was? I saw the comments on youtube that claimed it was1991 – but just interested when it actually aired
#30 awful it may have been but I still got a buzz watching it, shame ‘Spock’ wasn’t there

32. Mark Lynch - August 20, 2007

Just for the hell of it I have emailed the writer of this little tale at the Daily Mirror. Asking him to substantiate his story and what his comments are on the flat out denial from McAvoy’s office…..

Do you think I will get a reply? :)

33. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 20, 2007

#32 Mark Lynch

Probably not, but if you do, he will likely say something along the lines of “we received our information from very reliable sources. We don’t know why the story was denied, but it is possible they just don’t want to admit it just now. Chip-chip-cheerio and all that.”

34. Anthony Pascale - August 20, 2007

i wrote to the author of the original article yesterday and again today after I got the denial. It is very likely he got a tip and went with it. As I said I have been told by one source that there may be truth, but that was not enough for me to go with a ‘has been cast’ story. So far TrekMovie.com has only done that once (with Quinto).

let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and please dont all start emailing him.

35. tiberius - August 20, 2007

I agree that it is a good idea to get actual nationals to play the parts. In TOS two of the leads (Kirk and Scotty) were played by Canadians. Which, of course is a great choice. Except Ryan Gosling (Canadian) as Kirk would be awful.

By the 23rd century we are lead to believe that all Earth countries have attained equality in terms of technology and opportunity, so I’d like to think Uhura is actually from Africa, and it would be very cool to actually get an African actress to play her. One thing I can never forgive Nicholas Meyer for is Sulu’s line “I was born there (San Francisco).”. Of course, it’s very possible that a person of Japanese ancestry could have been born in SF (I imagine most 23rd century cities are multicultural), but it denied the Japanese the opportunity to have a real presence in the show.

Anyway, it is more important to get the best actors for the parts than from the right country (and who can’t do a Scottish accent?).

The most interesting thing about this is that if they are casting all of the peripheral parts, it seems more likely that the film is about Kirk, et al taking command of the Enterprise, rather than Academy days (which was the idea Harve Bennett wanted to pursue). In that case, it’s fine to have all the characters back (even Chekov, who we KNOW was on the Enterprise in season 1, because Khan met him). But wasn’t Kirk in his early 30s when he became Captain?

Either way, it’s good to cast young people, so they won’t age too fast if we get a series of films!

36. snake - August 20, 2007

35 – “it’s good to cast young people, so they won’t age too fast if we get a series of films! ”

yeah i guess if this one is a success (whick it fing well better be or thats it for Trek…at least in the movies) there will be a Star Trek 12, 13, 14 etc…a film every 2-3 years just like before…maybe it’ll be a trendy trilogy leading up to season 1 of TOS..

Thank god Abrams went with a movie instead of a tv series…

37. DavidJ - August 20, 2007

#36

Wow, it’s amazing to think that someday there could actually be 14 Star Trek movies.

It’s bound to happen eventually though, even if Abrams’ reimagining DOESN’T take off. Paramount is going to keep their cash cow alive no matter what.

38. sean - August 20, 2007

The KFC commercial was funny, but did anyone watch this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLYAZO4dt6s

I don’t need an umbrella you Wally! Beam us up!

39. Jeffrey S. Nelson - August 20, 2007

Give Chris Doohan a screen test, please Mr. Orci. Make it so. I mean, energize…

40. Craig - August 20, 2007

Anthony this is why I just come here now for news. You check it out to confirm the articles on the web about the new movie. I have even deleted all the other Trek sites I had in my bookmarks and now just go to TrekMovie.com.

41. Anthony Pascale - August 20, 2007

that kfc thing is pretty funny. it appears to the the voices..strange

craig,
thanks for the thoughts. trekmovie.com goes the extra mile (although it only really seems a few feet) to actually call and see if there are any truths behind the rumors. I am not above reporting a tabloid story, but sometimes a bit of context can go a long way.

if we were to belive everything on the net then the cast would including:
Jennifer Garner
Tom Cruise
Robbie Williams
Russell Crowe
James McAvoy
Daniel Craig
Ryan Gosling
Matt Damon
Adrian Brody
Gary Sinise
Phillip Seymour Hoffman

42. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - August 20, 2007

Bagdad Bob -editor in chief of British tabloids

43. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - August 20, 2007

Incidentally- Paramount and Dreamworks just announced they are HD DVD exclusive – No blu-Ray Trek!!!

As The Lord has both formats don’t you, my humble people, worry. Your Lord will be watching Trek films in HD, rest assured

44. CmdrR. - August 20, 2007

Apparently they call the paper “The Mirror” because it reflects fake news a week or two later.

45. Oceanhopper - August 20, 2007

Where the HEZMANA did those old ads come from?!!??!
The one for Powergen looks like it had a bigger budget than Final Frontier!

46. tom - August 20, 2007

Only 2 casting announcements thus far. We just have to wait. Quinto said he had the part in june. They did not announce that till Comic con. Nimoy was not saying anything right up until comic con. I truly believe that the team is deep into casting. They have to be if the movie shoots in November. It shows that they are taking their time. There are probably deals being made or are made that we do not know about. This is just getting so exciting. This site I am sure will be the first to report as soon as possible.
Even when the stories or rumors are pure garbage, Anthony always warns everyone to hold the nose.

47. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 20, 2007

#46 Tom

Three casting announcements, actually. Quinto just confirmed Anton Yelchin was cast as Chekov. Although, it’s not an official announcement, but it’ll do.

48. THX-1138 - August 20, 2007

Sorry, that KFC ad has me completely sidetracked. The Kirk and Scotty lookalikes were just about dead on. Who did the voices? That was a trip!

I know we are supposed to be arguing about a rumor right now but I’m more interested in chicken ads. Information, people! Curiosity is killing my cat!

49. jonboc - August 20, 2007

Man, when did that KFC commercial come out? The vid was posted back in 06. Can’t believe I never saw it. Strange that Spock wasn’t featured in it, I wonder what was up with that?

50. Fatman Bruno - August 20, 2007

I’m guessing Shatner & Doohan did their voices, (they seemed to like working together in adverts considering the ‘History’) but the rest of the voices seemed to be taken from sound bites of the show, or impersonated.
Anyone know the names of the look-a-like actors?

51. Charley W - August 20, 2007

Do we really have to go over the same rumors over and over again? It’s obvious that a lot of under-employed no-talents (or agents of such) are using this movie for free publicity.

Just how reliable have these tabloids been in the past that we need to listen to ANYTHING that they have to say? What kind of inside sources could they possibly have that would give THEM the scoop?

I’m NOT saying that it’s not fun to speculate. But the same-old same-old that’s obviously feeding upon itself isn’t really any use and actually may end up being detrimental in the long run, since it creates cynicism and lack of interest (see: The Klingon That Cried ‘Targ’).

52. ALLAN ROSE - August 20, 2007

I WOULD MAKE A COMMENT BUT SOMEONE REMOVES THEM.

53. THX-1138 - August 20, 2007

It’s because you leave your caps lock on. It comes across as shouting.

54. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 20, 2007

#41 Anthony

You forgot Ben Affleck, Daniel Dae Kim, and Keri Russell. ;)

PS: Why did I have to post this twice? :-P

55. tom - August 20, 2007

#47 Charles

Thanks. We are getting there a little at a time with the casting info.

56. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 20, 2007

And my original post is back up. I guess I didn’t have to post it twice. Very odd.

57. VOODOO - August 20, 2007

While I am 100% sure that Anthony is correct when he says this story is bogus.

Several sites around the net are reporting this story as fact.

58. Anthony Pascale - August 20, 2007

actually I never said it was for sure bogus, I reported that a story that has been repeated in the tabloids has been denied again. I also reported that there may be a kernal of truth but it cannot be verified.
but this story like others can take on a life of its own. Some people misunderstand how news works, they see the story repeated on multiple sites and papers and they take that as confirmation. There is a dif. between repeating a story and confirming a story. I repeated and failed to confirm. Others just repeated.

59. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 20, 2007

#57 VOODOO

I have noticed that. I don’t know why, but whenever tabloids print this kind of thing, certain news outlets lap it up. They did the same thing with the Cruise/Crowe rumors and previous rumors reported by tabloids. Then again, as Anthony stated, there may be some truth behind this one. We’ll see, I guess.

60. Stanky McFibberich - August 20, 2007

If I wanted to know what the tabloids are saying I would read the tabloids.

61. Fireoftime - August 21, 2007

Really, I think Scotty, Chekoc, Sulu and Uhura should just be “walk through” type characters here. TOS was about Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

I wonder though, with the ages of the cast and the fact that “the gangs all here”, if this is a one-off movie deal. No follow up to it, unless they intend to move to the small screen and recreate the entire Five Year Mission as a new TV series.
Otherwise what could they do next on film? Unless, there will be a parallel group of characters who will be introduced, and whose adventures future Trek might follow.

62. Terry B. - August 21, 2007

I’d like to see a future movie where the crew serves aboard the USS Kirk (after all, he did save the universe numerous times that the least Starfleet could do is name a ship after him.) You all seemed to ignore my suggestion of Jensen Ackles as Kirk. C’mon, I need feedback, even if it’s “that idea sucks!”

63. snake - August 21, 2007

USS Kirk? well they had the USS Archer on a computer screen in Nemesis so why not i guess.

But quite frankly USS Kirk dosnt sound right.

As for Kirk…I’m hoping Abrams lucks out like Singer did with Superman and finds an unknown late20s/30 year old Shatner look/sound-a-like that can act.

64. Syöppö - August 21, 2007

I still liked TNG Season 1 – 5 and Season 6 – 7 were totally bad

RIP
Gene

65. Shatner_Fan_2000 - August 21, 2007

#62 … re. Jensen Ackles – I don’t see it. Sorry, Terry B. Ackles looks too pretty – like a member of N’Sync. Kirk should be a bit rugged.

66. dalek - August 21, 2007

Jensen Ackles, great actor, but not sure if he has that Kirk command presence. Plus he’s southern. McCoy is Southern. Kirk’s from Iowa. He would need vocal coaching.

67. Ellie - August 21, 2007

GERARD BUTLER

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GERARD BUTLER

GERARD BUTLER

GERARD BUTLER

GERARD BUTLER

68. Shatner_Fan_2000 - August 21, 2007

Gerard Butler would make a pretty cool Scotty. He’s a fanboy favorite, and he has the experienced look that would fit the most senior member of the crew. I’d be kinda freaked out thinking about Mr. Scott having abs like that, though! :)

69. Ellie - August 21, 2007

James McAvoy is an excellent actor and I have nothing against him but he doesn’t really look like Scotty – with stage makeup you can do anything – but GERARD BUTLER would boost the Trekkie factor while giving the movie some much needed class :)

70. Ellie - August 21, 2007

OR – Get James Doohan’s son what’s his name? But we must know if he has the accent

71. snake - August 21, 2007

i’ve a hunch that Scottie, Checov, Sulu and Uhura (and probably Bones) will be little more than cameo parts for this one…Its Kirk and Spock who will be eating up the screen

The others will get a few scenes here and there (like they did in the original movies) in later films.

Thats why Butler wont be doing Scottie. (unless he’s a MASSIVE fan)

72. Ellie - August 21, 2007

ANTHONY

Can you post something about all of the new Star Trek comic books coming out? I’d like to know when they’re coming out

73. Barney - August 21, 2007

Ideally Gerard Butler would play Scotty, but I doubt he’s available as others have said. What about taking a punt on Ray Park?

No doubt the casting folk have had a good look through every actor ever to grace the screen in Taggart or Monarch of the Glen!

74. Barney - August 21, 2007

Oh yeah, and snake (71) is probably right about the other Enterprise crew members. The best any Scotty can hope for is a few “Aye Aye Sir” moments. Still would be nice to have a proper Scot do it!

75. JC - August 21, 2007

They should make the engineer German and have him wear lederhosen.What did the Scotts ever engineer?Tartan?Plaid?Scotch tape!!!This injustice needs to be righted!

76. TB - August 21, 2007

How about David O’Hara for Scotty. He usually plays a tough Irishman, but he was actually born in Glasgow, Scotland. Not as in demand or as well known as Butler, which would probably make him perfect. He’s done both film (“Braveheart”) & TV (“The District” ). Besides, Butler might be a little intimidating to anyone playing Kirk, including Shatner. “I’ll shoove a dillithium crystal up yer arse, Cap’n!!!”‘

77. Barney - August 21, 2007

Not a bad shout rTB e O’Hara, possibly a little too old going by the supposed cating brief.

And poor old JC, put down the bottle and sober up!

78. snake - August 21, 2007

I wonder if any of the other TOS cast will get cameos (Nicolls, Takei and Koenig)?

Obviously not as their characters but just in the background for a scene… (like Grace Lee Whitney in Star Trek III)

Maybe not though It’d just confuse fans…

79. JC - August 21, 2007

#77 When nerds attack.

80. Jeffrey S. Nelson - August 21, 2007

70, It’s Chris Doohan.

81. NotBob - August 21, 2007

James McAvoy seems a good actor, but he seems too young. In fact, I hate the whole description they gave for what they are looking for for most of the characters.

What they want for Bones and Scotty are way too young. They want a 28-32 year old. Try late 30s to mid 40s. That’s not too old. Even if they were planning for sequels. Say they want to do two other films in the next five years. Then the actor only aged five years. That is not that much, especially for todays actors.

How old are the leaders of Star Fleet? Let me guess they’re looking for someone older.

Unnamed Star Fleet Leader: 33-35 Years OLD. A brilliant leader. Very, very, very old in his or her early 30s, but a bit of a wildcat. Grew up playing lawn darts with his Cousins. Loves long walks on the beach, and will dye of old age once he or she turns 36.

82. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - August 21, 2007

Gerard Butler???? Good Lord No, unless we are aiming for a steroid enhanced chief engineer capable of ripping the warp drive in half with his bare hands

83. Anthony Pascale - August 21, 2007

I like Butler…he was on my list when I put out my recommendations last year

84. SHANE S. - August 21, 2007

Things are getting pretty slow hey guys, oh well just the lull before the storm, things should start to pick up soon, new Kirk, new Doctor, et al.

85. Xai - August 21, 2007

Well I insist the new Kirk be from Iowa. None of this imported Canadian bacon stuff.
(no, don’t throw stuff, it’s a joke and I’m not looking to stir up the thread.)

86. Harry Ballz - August 21, 2007

“none of this imported Canadian bacon stuff”
What, the country that gave us Lorne Greene can’t be ALL bad…..

87. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - August 21, 2007

Herr Ballz !! And Pam Anderson as well

88. Harry Ballz - August 21, 2007

Yes, but tell me, why are popular Canadian actors, a la Shatner and Greene, as bald as the American eagle? I smell a conspiracy….

89. Jeffrey S. Nelson - August 21, 2007

That KFC ad is awesome! I wonder if it got pulled before it aired? Some of the voices sound like dialog tracks taken from the show…but the Kirk voice is great. Wow…if the casting for the new movie is anywhere as good as this… and yes, let’s get the Captain Kirk wave in the hair, please.

90. Fireoftime - August 22, 2007

“Gerard Butler???? Good Lord No, unless we are aiming for a steroid enhanced chief engineer capable of ripping the warp drive in half with his bare hands”
-Lord Garth Formerly of Izar – August 21, 2007

I agree. I mean after 300, I could just picture Gerard “Scotty” Butler and Kirk arguing over Warp Drive, when Scotty suddenly losses his temper, and kicks Kirk down a turbo lift! Spock steps in for the neck pinch, Scotty grabs his arms, twists it around his back and “snap”, breaks Spock’s arm, then slings him into the warp core. Looking around Scotty growls, “Now where are those Kingons I keep hearing about!”
Young Chekov runs out of engineering and down the hall screaming, “Help, there is a mad man aboard this wessel!”

91. snake - August 22, 2007

Crowe adresses the rumours of him in Star Trek:
http://movies.ign.com/articles/814/814414p1.html

Chritian Bale even commets too

92. Cervantes ( thankfully born and bred under a glorious Scottish sky... ) - August 22, 2007

#75 JC

What did the Scots ever engineer?…
I’m not sure if your post was serious or ironic…
but just in case you were serious, please check this out, and scan through it’s contents… :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_inventors

93. Cervantes - August 22, 2007

#43 Lord Garth

Yeah, this format war gets murkier and murkier… Why oh why couldn’t the parties involved in this thing just agree a single worldwide format in the first place?…

You are fortunate to have both player types Garth, and I myself may now just invest in a ‘combi’ player, after hearing this latest news. As a fan of actual ‘realware’ formats ( ie; CDs and DVDs ), my main concern is that this rumoured ‘payment’ by Microsoft to Paramount / Dreamworks to agree to become HD-DVD exclusive, is a way to stave off uptake of the High Definition ‘realware’ formats, so that DOWNLOADS become the norm sooner rather than later…
However, this throws up a LOT of broadband availability issues for many, many people who will no doubt lose out. Read these latest updates and weep… :(

1. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa141.html#dp

2. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa141.html#foll

3. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents

94. JC - August 22, 2007

92 Cervantes.It was mainly a joke.

95. Syöppö - August 22, 2007

Gene Roddenberry was atheist so i hope the new XI creator are atheists as well.

96. Cervantes - August 22, 2007

#94 JC

Ah, thanks JC, I can’t have had my humour antennae on properly when I read it. I’m a little on edge just now…what with all this speculation that James McAvoy just may be in the frame for the ‘Scotty’ role…which I’m against… ;)

97. Tobias - August 22, 2007

Okay…. I;m not saying this is the perfect cast, but here’s a cast I’d ‘accept’ seeing in Star Trek XI:

Chad Michael Murray as James T. Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Spock
Tahmoh Penikett as Leonard “Bones” McCoy
James Kyson Lee as Hikaru Sulu
Keisha Knight Pulliam as Uhura
Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov

I haveing put a Scotty in as I really don’t have a clue who would it.

98. JC - August 22, 2007

I got to learn about Scottish inventors through Your link.

99. JC - August 22, 2007

Gene Roddenberry was an atheist? I thought He was a cult leader.Eh,same thing.

100. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - August 22, 2007

Don Cervantes – yeah the format war is quite nasty, next thing you know they will be using live ammo

101. Cervantes - August 23, 2007

#98 JC

Where you can find out about the likes of incredible engineer Thomas Telford… ;)

102. TunaFlix » Blog Archive » “Star Trek” Beams Up James McAvoy [Update - Denied By Publicist] - August 23, 2007

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